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Homeless ‘ordered out of LA’s Union Station ahead of tonight’s Academy Awards’

Homeless people say they have been ‘forced’ to moved away from the site of this year’s Academy Awards by Los Angeles city officials. 

The glitzy awards show will be held Sunday at Union Station – a train station located in the Downtown area near tent cities set up by vagrants. 

One homeless person told Fox 11 that unidentified officials tried to ‘force’ the unhoused from the surrounds of the historic station to Grand Hotel – 1.5 miles away. 

‘They came to us about a week ago saying that we had to move by Friday 6 pm because they were trying to clean up for the Oscars and they told us if we didn’t move, they were gonna just demolish our stuff,’  the homeless man told the news network.  

‘They forced us to go to the Grand Hotel on 3rd and Figueroa and they kicked everybody out of Union Station so it looks better for the image.’

Los Angeles County has a reported homeless population of 91,000. Many of those cluster in tent cities set up in Downtown LA. 

Skid Row – an area located just one mile from Union Station – has to up  8,000 vagrants living in tents set up on streets and sidewalks. 

However, despite the accusations, City Council member Kevin De Leon denied that any homeless people were ‘forced’ out. 

‘While the 93rd Academy Awards are being held at Union Station this year, and despite irresponsible rumors, NO unhoused residents are being forced to relocate,’ he told Fox 11 in a statement. 

Los Angeles city officials are under fire amid accusations they have tried to move homeless people away from the site of this year’s Academy Awards. Skid Row in the city’s Downtown is pictured 

The glitzy awards show will be held Sunday at Union Station - a train station located in the Downtown area near tent cities set up by vagrants

The glitzy awards show will be held Sunday at Union Station – a train station located in the Downtown area near tent cities set up by vagrants

One homeless person told Fox 11 that unidentified officials tried to 'force' the unhoused from the surrounds of the historic station to Grand Hotel - 1.5 miles away

One homeless person told Fox 11 that unidentified officials tried to ‘force’ the unhoused from the surrounds of the historic station to Grand Hotel – 1.5 miles away

Meanwhile, a media rep for the Academy Awards told Fox News that organizers for the ceremony ‘have worked with several community, county and city nonprofits to limit disruption for Union Station’s homeless population, including the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and People Assisting the Homeless’.

They similarly stated that no vagrants were ‘forced’ out of the area. 

For the past 18 years, The Oscars have been held at Dolby Theater in Hollywood, where 3,000 guests attend the ceremony. 

However, this year, the festivity has had to be drastically scaled down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Just 170 people will attend the awards show inside Union Station, where trains will continue to run throughout the ceremony. 

Skid Row - an area located just one mile from Union Station - has to up 8,000 vagrants living in tents set up on streets and sidewalks.

Skid Row – an area located just one mile from Union Station – has to up 8,000 vagrants living in tents set up on streets and sidewalks. 

This year, the festivity has had to be drastically scaled down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Just 170 people will attend the awards show inside Union Station, where trains will continue to run throughout the ceremony

This year, the festivity has had to be drastically scaled down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Just 170 people will attend the awards show inside Union Station, where trains will continue to run throughout the ceremony

A view of Union Station is seen during preparations for the 93rd Annual Academy Awards

A view of Union Station is seen during preparations for the 93rd Annual Academy Awards

Union Station has been given a $4 million restoration and has been seen in many classic Hollywood films, including Blade Runner, The Way We Were, and The Dark Knight Rises. 

However, many people have mocked the pared-down festivities, including comedian Bill Maher, who recently ridiculed the idea of the glitzy show being held in a train station. 

This year’s nominated films have also generated very little enthusiasm, as cinemas across North America have been shuttered for most of the past year due to the pandemic. 

Nomadland, which is the favorite to win Best Picture, grossed just $2.5 million at the box office. 

If it takes home the prize, it will be the lowest grossing Best Picture winner in Oscar History. 

Meanwhile, the ceremony will be broadcast on ABC, but network bosses may also be bracing for dismal viewing numbers.  

Recent awards shows, including the Grammys and The Golden Globes, failed to attract strong ratings.  


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