Critics’ Choice: 2 Hours and Counting

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There are less than three hours left to go before the 13th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards kick off with pre-show red carpet festivities, and the Santa Monica Civic Center is electric. Between press, talent and crew checking in, there are more badges here than in a small country’s DMV. Everyone’s busy: the crew’s busy arranging and re-arranging tables, providing pronunciation cues for presenters, not to mention running through the show; the press is mingling; and the hosts (D.L. Hughley, Ross Matthews, Carrie Keagan, Sam Rubin) are wandering from the main room to back stage — and back again. Pictured above are members of the crew making sure the red carpet doesn’t blow away. (It’s windy here today, no lie.) For more photographs from behind the scenes, check what’s happening after the jump.


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Carrie Keagan knows a photo-op when she sees one.

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Ross the intern loves to rehearse.

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The venue’s exterior, red-carpet central

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Food for the crew

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The crew