Go Behind the Scenes During Awards Season in Los Angeles

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Every year during awards season, Los Angeles rolls out the red carpet for the entertainment industry, media and fans from around the world. Throughout the city, special events and cultural attractions celebrate the highest achievements in movies, television and music.

Golden Globe Awards (Jan. 12, 2014)

The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards are taking place on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. The Golden Globes - bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) - recognize excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave tied for the most nominations, with seven each. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler earned raves for their debut as co-hosts last year, and they're back as co-hosts in 2014. Diane Keaton will accept the 2014 Cecil B. DeMille Award on behalf of Woody Allen. The Golden Globes are known for predicting Oscar winners - case in point is Argo, the 2013 Golden Globe winner for Best Drama that was later named Best Picture at the 85th Academy Awards. Since 1961, the Golden Globes ceremony has taken place in the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton, which also hosts the annual Oscar Nominee Luncheon.


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Located in Beverly Hills, the Paley Center for Media is the foremost public archive of television and radio programming, with an international collection of nearly 150,000 programs spanning almost 100 years. Throughout the year, the Paley Center celebrates television with a wide range of events that examine the creative process behind great entertainment. The 31st annual William S. Paley Television Festival is taking place March 13-28, 2014 at a new venue, the spectacular Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. PaleyFest is a celebration of some of the best series on TV, and gives fans a chance to meet the stars and creative minds behind their favorite shows. The first three PaleyFest events have been announced: Veronica Mars, Pretty Little Liars and American Horror Story: Coven. The full lineup will be revealed on Jan. 8, 2014.

Grammy Awards (Jan. 26, 2014)

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The 56th Annual Grammy Awards are taking place on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 at STAPLES Center, giving music fans and awards aficionados alike plenty to sing about at L.A. LIVE. The Grammy is the recording industry's most prestigious award, presented by The Recording Academy to honor excellence in the recording arts and sciences. Jay Z received nine nominations, including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, and Best Music Video. Several artists - Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Pharrell Williams - tied for the second-highest number of nominations, with seven nods each.

Go Behind the Scenes: GRAMMY Museum

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For a fascinating journey into the history of music, don’t miss the GRAMMY Museum, located just steps from STAPLES Center. Four floors of cutting edge exhibits, interactive experiences and films provide a one-of-a-kind visitor experience. The GRAMMY Museum also hosts public events and educational programming that explore and celebrate the enduring legacies of all forms of recorded music. Current Special Exhibits at the museum include Ringo: Peace & Love (on display until March 30, 2014), Plácido Domingo: A Tenor’s Story (May 2014), and Cheap Trick: I Want You to Want Me! (June 2014).

Film Independent Spirit Awards (March 1, 2014)

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Los Angeles may have a long history of awards ceremonies, but there's nothing traditional about the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which traditionally take place the night before the Oscars. The ceremony is held under a lavish tent at Santa Monica Beach and recognizes the finest achievements of today's independent filmmakers. Other than entertainment-industry members and sponsors, the Spirit Awards are closed to the public, though the ceremony is broadcast live on IFC.

Go Behind the Scenes: LACMA

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Film Independent at LACMA is a year-round weekly film series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that offers unique cinematic experiences for the LA creative community and the general public. The series brings together Film Independent’s creative community of filmmakers and a wide spectrum of audiences, with LACMA’s commitment to presenting cinema in an artistic and historical context. Film Independent at LACMA events include screenings of classic and contemporary films; conversations with artists, curators and special guests; international showcases; and guest-curated programs.

Academy Awards (March 2, 2014)

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Costumes from "The Artist" | Photo courtesy of FIDM

To coincide with the Oscars, the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) Museum presents the annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition. Celebrating the art and industry of costume designers, this exhibition presents dozens of costumes from films released the previous year. The exhibition includes that year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Costume Design, as well as costumes from Best Picture winners such as The Artist.

Go Behind the Scenes: Hollywood Museum

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Hollywood's official museum boasts the largest collection of memorabilia in the world - over 10,000 items including costumes, props, photographs, scripts, star's personal belongings and other vintage movie memorabilia. Key artifacts on display year-round are Elvis' bathrobe, the jail cell from Silence of the Lambs, Rocky's boxing gloves, Indiana Jones' whip and much more. You can also trace the history of Hollywood's Walk of Fame, see the earliest Technicolor film shot and read the messages on the actual bathroom wall taken from actor Roddy McDowall's home, which is covered by notes and photos by famous friends who visited during one of his notorious house parties. Buy Tickets →

Go Behind the Scenes: The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is scheduled to open in 2016 within the iconic Wilshire May Company building, located on the southwest corner of the LACMA campus. Designed by renowned architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali, the Academy Museum will celebrate all facets of the art and science of motion pictures. The museum will feature approximately 230,000 square feet of public programming space, including galleries, an education center, a state-of-the-art 650-seat theater, screening rooms, demonstration lab, and special event spaces.