Wednesday night, the most secure place in the country will be…

The White House?


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on the edge of Beverly Hills, Calif., where, according to this year’s Academy Awards producer Craig Zadan, those involved in Thursday’s pre-dawn Oscar nominations announcement will show up around 9 p.m., turn over all mobile communication devices to security officials, and undergo frisking. The building will be locked down, said Zadan (who’s producing this year’s Oscarcast with his longtime production partner Neil Meron).

All this because they’ll be getting the names of the nominees, so they can start preparing for the 5:30 a.m. PT – 8:30 a.m. ET unveiling ceremony, explained Meron, who came to Winter TV Press Tour 2013 to talk about the reboot of his NBC series “Smash.”

This year TV critics have been invited to attend Thursday’s Oscar noms unveiling, at which broadcast host Seth MacFarlane will help read out the names.