02/26/2012 09:23 pm ET Updated Apr 27, 2012

Living With The Oscars: Heavy Traffic, Noisy Helicopters - Hollywood, CA Patch

It's Academy Awards time, when the spotlight on Hollywood Boulevard shines brightest. But while the stars of the movie industry and their fans are flocking to the Hollywood & Highland Center, locals are dealing with inconveniences that can cause a headache or two.

On Friday, at the Oscars venue formerly known as the Kodak Theatre, tourists were stopping to take pictures while stores in the Hollywood & Highland Center were preparing to lose a day of business on Sunday, when all attention will turn toward the 84th annual awards ceremony.