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. 8, 2017)

"La La Land" won a record seven Golden Globes
"La La Land" won a record seven Golden Globes, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor and Actress for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone | Photo courtesy of La La Land, Facebook

The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards took place at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, Jan. 8. Hosted by Jimmy Fallon for the first time, 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.

It was a historic night for La La Land, which swept its seven nominations and set a record for the most Golden Globes for a single movie: Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy; Best Actor and Actress - Musical or Comedy, for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone; Best Director and Best Screenplay for Damien Chazelle; Best Original Score for Justin Hurwitz; and Best Original Song for "City of Stars."

Moonlight was named Best Motion Picture - Drama, with the Best Actor and Actress awards going to Casey Affleck (Manchester By the Sea) and Isabelle Huppert (Elle), respectively. The supporting acting awards went to Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals) and Viola Davis (Fences). Zootopia was named Best Animated Feature Film and Elle won Best Foreign Language Film.

In the TV categories, The Crown won Best Drama Series and Atlanta was named Best Musical or Comedy. Best Miniseries or Television Film went to The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, with Sarah Paulson winning Best Actress for her portrayal of Marcia Clark. The Night Manager had the most TV wins, with three awards for Best Performances in a Miniseries: Tom Hiddleston (Actor), Hugh Laurie (Supporting Actor) and Olivia Colman (Supporting Actress).

Meryl Streep accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award with a powerful speech that captivated the star-studded audience.


James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood in "Westworld"
James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood | Photo by John P. Johnson, courtesy of Westworld, 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.

Produced by the Paley Center for Media, PaleyFest LA is taking place March 17-26, 2017 at the spectacular Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The premier television festival in the country, PaleyFest brings fans together with 200 of the hottest stars and creative talents in TV, who will share exclusive behind-the-scenes scoops, hilarious anecdotes, and breaking news stories. Enjoy a screening of an episode or highlights of the featured program, followed by a panel discussion with your favorite stars live onstage, capped off by a Q & A with the audience. Named for William S. Paley, founder of CBS and The Paley Center for Media, proceeds from the event support the nonprofit Paley Center. This year's lineup includes Westworld, This Is Us, and AHS: Roanoke.

Grammy Awards (Feb. 12, 2017)

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The 59th Annual Grammy Awards took place on Sunday, Feb. 12 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. James Corden hosted the ceremony for the first time. This year’s ceremony marked the 17th time the Grammy Awards were held at STAPLES Center.

With five Grammys, Adele was the biggest winner of the night. She became the first artist in Grammy history to twice sweep the Album, Record and Song of the Year categories. Chance the Rapper won Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album. The late David Bowie posthumously won every award he was nominated for, including Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance, and his album "Blackstar" won Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package and Best Engineered Album. Beyoncé, who led the field with nine nominations, won Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Music Video.

Go Behind the Scenes: GRAMMY Museum

GRAMMY Awards exhibit at 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 Hey! Ho! Let's Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk (through Feb. 28), Sounds of Africa (through March 10), Count Basie: The King of Swing (through April 16), Shining Like a National Guitar (through spring 2017), and Legends of Motown: Celebrating the Miracles (through summer 2017).

Academy Awards (Feb. 26, 2017)


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On Sunday, Feb. 26, hundreds of millions of viewers tuned in to watch the 89th Annual Academy Awards, which took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The Oscars reward the previous year’s greatest cinema achievements as determined by some of the world’s most accomplished motion picture artists and professionals. Awards are presented for outstanding individual or collective efforts in 24 categories. 

The ceremony will always be remembered for the stunning mix-up during Best Picture, the final and biggest award of the night. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway initially announced La La Land as the winner. A few chaotic minutes later, it was officially announced that Moonlight had won. Moonlight also won for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor went to Mahershala Ali, who became the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar.

With six Oscars, La La Land won the most awards of the night, including Emma Stone for Best Actress and Damien Chazelle, at age 32 the youngest Best Director winner in history. La La Land also won Best Production Design, Best Original Score and "City of Stars" for Best Original Song. Going into the ceremony, La La Land had led the field with a record-tying 14 nominations.

Manchester by the Sea took home two awards - Casey Affleck for Best Actor and Kenneth Lonergan for Best Original Screenplay. Viola Davis (Fences) won Best Supporting Actress, becoming the first African American to win an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony for acting. First-time host Jimmy Kimmel presided over memorable moments like surprising a Starline Tour group with a detour into the Dolby Theatre and parachute drops from the rafters with treats for the star-studded audience.

"La La Land" costumes by Mary Zophres at FIDM Museum
"La La Land" Academy Award nominated costumes by Mary Zophres | Photo courtesy of FIDM Museum, Facebook

To coincide with the Oscars, the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) presents the 25th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition, on view through April 22, 2017. 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 will be on display, including all of the 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.

Film Independent Spirit Awards (FEB. 25, 2017)

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 recognizes the finest achievements of today's independent filmmakers and takes place the day before the Oscars. Co-hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, the 32nd annual ceremony was held under a lavish tent on the beach near the historic Santa Monica Pier. Other than entertainment industry members and sponsors, the Spirit Awards are closed to the public, though the ceremony is broadcast live on IFC.

Moonlight swept its nominations, winning Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Editing. Casey Affleck (Manchester By the Sea) continued his awards season run with a Best Male Lead win, while Isabelle Huppert (Elle) won Best Female Lead. Moonlight was also the recipient of the Robert Altman Award for Best Ensemble, given to the film's director, casting director, and ensemble cast.

Go Behind the Scenes: Film Independent at 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.

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