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.

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.

Academy Awards (Feb. 28, 2016)

Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre
Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre | Photo courtesy of The Academy, Facebook

The critically acclaimed Spotlight, which tells the story of the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into decades of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, was named Best Picture. Spotlight had earlier won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, its only other award of the night.

The Revenant, which led the 2016 field with 12 nominations, won three Oscars, including Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Director (Alejandro Iñárritu) and Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki). DiCaprio received a long standing ovation when we took the stage to accept his Best Actor award. Iñárritu is only the third director in history to win back-to-back Oscars in the category, following last year’s win for directing Birdman. Iñárritu’s fellow Mexico City native, Lubezki is the first cinematographer in history to win three Academy Awards in a row, for The Revenant, Birdman and Gravity.

Other key awards include Brie Larson for Best Actress (Room), Mark Rylance for Best Supporting Actor (Bridge of Spies) and Alicia Vikander for Best Supporting Actress (The Danish Girl). Mad Max: Fury Road swept the technical awards and was the biggest winner of the night with six Oscars out of 10 nominations.

Costumes from “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens” on view at FIDM
Costumes by Michael Kaplan from “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens” | Photo by Alex J. Berliner/ABImages, courtesy of FIDM, Facebook

To coincide with the Oscars, the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) presents the 24th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition, now on view through April 30, 2016. The popular exhibition celebrates the art and industry of costume designers with a showcase of costumes from notable films of the past year. More than 100 outstanding costume designs from 23 films are on display, including all five 2016 Academy Award-nominated films for Costume Design. The exhibition is free and open to the public..

Go Behind the Scenes: Go On Location

Griffith Observatory at night
Griffith Observatory | Photo by Justin Donais, © Friends Of The Observatory

Go Behind the Scenes: Hollywood Museum

Hollywood Museum lobby
Hollywood Museum lobby | Photo courtesy of Hollywood Museum, Facebook

Located in the historic Max Factor Building, the Hollywood 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 Marilyn Monroe's wedding night dress, 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 infamous house parties. Buy Tickets →

Go Behind the Scenes: The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz”
Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” | Photo courtesy of The Academy, Facebook

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is opening 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.

Golden Globe Awards (Jan. 10, 2016)

Alejandro González Iñárritu and Leonardo DiCaprio at the 2016 Golden Globes
“The Revenant” director Alejandro González Iñárritu and star Leonardo DiCaprio | Photo courtesy of Golden Globes, Facebook

The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards took place on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. Hosted by Ricky Gervais for the fourth time, the Golden Globes - bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) - recognized excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign.

The Revenant took home the most awards, winning for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Best Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu). In the Musical or Comedy category, Best Picture went to The Martian, and Matt Damon won Best Actor for his performance in the Ridley Scott sci-fi film. A sentimental favorite, Sylvester Stallone received a standing ovation when he won Best Supporting Actor for his return to the Rocky Balboa character in Creed.

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.

The TV categories were notable for wins by new or less-familiar series over longer-running shows. Following his first Primetime Emmy win, Jon Hamm won the Golden Globe for Best Performance in a Television Series – Drama for his performance as Don Draper in Mad Men, which finished its final season in 2015. Two series - Mr. Robot and Mozart in the Jungle led the way with two wins each. USA Network’s critically acclaimed Mr. Robot won Best Drama Series and Christian Slater won Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the anarchist, Mr. Robot. The Amazon series, Mozart in the Jungle was named Best Musical or Comedy series and Gael García Bernal was named Best Actor for his performance as Rodrigo de Souza, a character based on LA Phil conductor Gustavo Dudamel.


“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and the cast at PaleyFest 2014
“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner (L) and the cast at PaleyFest 2014 | Photo courtesy of Paley Center for Media, Facebook

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 33rd annual William S. Paley Television Festival is taking place March 11-20, 2016 at the 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. This year’s PaleyFest opens with Empire and includes Better Call Saul (March 12), Supergirl (March 13), The Big Bang Theory (March 16) and closes with American Horror Story: Hotel

Grammy Awards (Feb. 15, 2016)

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The 58th Annual Grammy Awards took place on Feb. 15, 2016 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. This year’s ceremony marked the 16th time the Grammy Awards were held at STAPLES Center and the first time it took place on a Monday.

Kendrick Lamar took home five Grammys, including Best Rap Album for To Pimp A Butterfly, but lost the night’s top honor to Taylor Swift, who won Album of the Year for 1989. Swift also won Best Pop Vocal Album and shared Best Music Video with Lamar for their collaboration on Swift's "Bad Blood" remix. Alabama Shakes also had a big night, taking home awards for Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song and Best Alternative Music Album. Ed Sheeran won Song of the Year for "Thinking Out Loud" and Mark Ronson won Record of the Year for "Uptown Funk." Meghan Trainor was named Best New Artist.

Go Behind the Scenes: GRAMMY Museum

"Bob Dylan: Photographs by Daniel Kramer" on view at the GRAMMY Museum
Bob Dylan | Photo by Daniel Kramer, courtesy of GRAMMY Museum

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 Legends of Motown: Celebrating the Supremes (on view through April 1) and Bob Dylan: Photographs by Daniel Kramer (through May 15, 2016).

Film Independent Spirit Awards (FEB. 27, 2016)

Matthew McConaughey at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards
Matthew McConaughey poses with fans at the Spirit Awards | Photo courtesy of Film Independent

Los Angeles has a long tradition of hosting awards ceremonies, but there's nothing traditional about the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which take place the night before the Oscars. The ceremony is held under a lavish tent just north of the landmark Santa Monica Pier 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.

Spotlight was the big winner of the night, taking home the awards for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Editing. In addition to its four awards, Spotlight also won the Robert Altman Award for its ensemble cast. Brie Larson won Best Female Lead for Room and 15-year-old Abraham Attah won Best Male Lead for Beasts of No Nation. Mya Taylor and Idris Elba won the Best Supporting Female and Supporting Male awards, respectively.

Go Behind the Scenes: LACMA

Film Independent Live Read of “The Empire Strikes Back”
Live Read of “The Empire Strikes Back” | Photo courtesy of Film Independent, Facebook

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 L.A. 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.

For the acclaimed Live Read series, Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman chooses a classic film script and casts a group of celebrated actors to do an unrehearsed read through of the material. While the series usually takes place at LACMA, a recent event featured a Live Read of The Empire Strikes Back at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. The cast included Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker, J.K. Simmons as Darth Vader, Jessica Alba as Princess Leia, and Mark Hamill as the Emperor.