As awards season approaches a fever pitch, the Hollywood Museum is debuting its Celebration of Entertainment Awards exhibit, on view from Feb. 20 to April 30, 2014. Sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter, the exhibit honors the magic of movies and television in a unique showcase featuring costumes and props from the most popular and critically-acclaimed films and television series of the year. Also part of the exhibit are award statuettes from the Oscars®, Golden Globes®, Emmys®, Screen Actor Guild Awards®, Art Directors Guild and Peoples Choice Awards®.
The Hollywood Museum is located in the historic Max Factor Building, just down the street from the Dolby Theatre, where the 86th annual Academy Awards® will be held on March 2. The museum houses 10,000 show business treasures spanning over 100 years of Hollywood history - it’s one of the most extensive collection of Hollywood costumes, star cars, props, posters, photographs and memorabilia in the world.
The Celebration of Entertainment Awards features curated pieces from motion picture award winners and nominees including Her, Nebraska, Captain Phillips, The Grandmaster, Star Trek Into Darkness, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and Fruitvale Station as well as fan favorites Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The Conjuring and Enders Game.
Award-winning and popular TV shows on display include Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Scandal, Homeland, The Newsroom, Nurse Jackie, Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, Once Upon a Time, and Dancing with the Stars.
Following are other exhibits currently on view at the Hollywood Museum.
One of the world’s most extensive and continuously growing Marilyn Monroe collections is on year-round display at the Hollywood Museum. Personal items and photographs from the legendary star’s childhood through to the end of her life offer a glimpse into the lives and personalities of Norma Jean and Marilyn Monroe. The museum is a particularly appropriate site for the collection, since visitors can also see Max Factor’s original “For Blondes Only” make-up room, where Monroe got her famed blonde tresses. Highlights include Monroe’s million-dollar honeymoon dress, her personal make-up bag, the famous Playboy spread and bustier, and much more.
The History of Hollywood in Pictures exhibit features more than 1,000 vintage black and white photos from the Golden Age of Tinseltown. The exhibit features headshots and photos of Hollywood’s most iconic stars, such as Charlie Chaplin. On view are vintage photos of the places where the stars dined, the premieres they attended, and shooting locations that line the walls of the famous Red Room.
A must-see for the entire family is the museum’s collection of items from the Harry Potter film series, one of the most successful movie franchises in history. Highlights include the ultimate broom used by Harry Potter in the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) and the quill and ink bottle he used while at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Also on display is a black wand box signed by Maggie Smith, and a series of wand boxes with their coordinating wands, including Harry’s black handle instruction wand and Dumbledore’s purple handle wand, both in their "dragon skin" boxes. Other items include Harry’s robe, costumes, signed blueprints of rooms at Hogwarts, photos, posters, and more. The exhibit also displays the shoes and writing styluses used by Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson when the three stars were honored with a handprint-footprint ceremony at the nearby TCL Chinese Theatre.
From lead singer of The Jackson 5 to his phenomenal solo career, Michael Jackson was one of the most internationally famous and award-winning performers in music history. In celebration of Jackson ‘s legendary career, the Hollywood Museum has a special tribute to the King of Pop. On view is Michael Jackson’s “second skin” yellow gold spandex top with leather straps that run across the arms. Also on display, the famed outfit from Jackson's BAD tour - skin-tight, black leather pants with the “BAD” belt and buckle, complete with metal studs, additional leather leg straps, and studs.
If it’s thrills and chills you’re looking for, head downstairs and step into the museum’s Dungeon of Doom exhibit. Walk through the actual prison corridor set used in The Silence of the Lambs, and get an up-close view of Hannibal Lecter’s jail cell, complete with authentic props from the movie. Explore the basement and see real costumes and props from The Walking Dead, as well as life-size costumes from fan favorites such as Freddy, Jason, Chucky, and more.