From top: 1. Outside the Dolby Theatre in north Hollywood, where security and grounds crews were setting up for the Oscars last week. 2. Tourists (including me) could walk right through the front entrance of the Dolby and up the wide staircase to the entry doors of the theater, where the Academy Awards ceremony is held. 3. Tours are normally given of the Dolby, but with the Oscars forthcoming, I could only fog up the glass and imagine what could have been. 4. Nearby, I put my large sneakers next to Meryl Streep's tiny footprints outside The Chinese Theatre.