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. 11, 2015)

The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards are taking place on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. 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. “Birdman” leads the field with seven nominations, including Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Best Director, Best Screenplay, a Best Actor nod for Michael Keaton and Supporting Actor and Actress nominations for Edward Norton and Emma Stone. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are co-hosts for the third consecutive year. 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.


“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 32nd annual William S. Paley Television Festival is taking place March 6-13, 2015 at 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. This year’s PaleyFest opens with “Homeland” and includes “A Salute to Comedy Central” and "The Good Wife" on March 7, "Scandal" (March 8), and “Modern Family” (March 14).

Grammy Awards (Feb. 8, 2015)

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The 57th Annual Grammy Awards are taking place on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 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. Beyoncé, Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams topped the nominations, garnering six each. Iggy Azalea, Beck, Eric Church, recording engineer Tom Coyne, Drake, Gordon Goodwin, Jay Z, Miranda Lambert, Sia, Usher and Jack White earned four nominations 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 Donna Summer: Four Seasons of Love (on display through spring 2015), The Taylor Swift Experience (May 10, 2015) and Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan (July 2015).

Film Independent Spirit Awards (Feb. 21, 2015)

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

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. "Birdman" leads the 30th Film Independent Spirit Award nominations with six nods - best actor for Michael Keaton, director Alejandro G. Inarritu, supporting actress Emma Stone, supporting actor Edward Norton and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. "Boyhood," "Nightcrawler" and "Selma" follow with five noms each and "Love Is Strange" and "Whiplash" round out the Best Feature list.

Go Behind the Scenes: LACMA

"Pulp Fiction" Live Read Film Independent at LACMA
“Pulp Fiction” fans at the Live Read | 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.

Academy Awards (Feb. 22, 2015)

84th Academy Awards (2012) | Photo courtesy of The Academy, Facebook
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

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 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.

Now on view at the May Company Building through March 2, 2015, Hollywood Costume is a ticketed exhibition of more than 150 of the world's most iconic costumes from the Golden Age of cinema to the present. In addition, Hollywood Costume is displaying the Academy's pair of the most famous shoes in the world – the original ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) shown with Dorothy's blue and white gingham pinafore dress.