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.
The 76th Golden Globe Awards took place at the Beverly Hilton on January 6. Hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, 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.
Green Book led the field with three Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. The Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody scored a big upset by winning Best Motion Picture - Drama over the favorite, A Star Is Born, which won Best Original Song for "Shallow." Co-host Sandra Oh was the first woman of Asian descent in 39 years to win Best Actress in a TV Drama. The Canadian actress also made history as the first person of Asian descent to host the Golden Globes.
GO BEHIND THE SCENES: WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR HOLLYWOOD
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood has announced new additions from two Golden Globe-nominated box office hits to the Tour’s finale at Stage 48: Script to Screen. Tour guests can see authentic props and costumes from the critically acclaimed A Star is Born and Crazy Rich Asians, the highest-grossing romantic comedy in a decade and the first film by a major Hollywood studio in 25 years to feature an all-Asian cast in a modern setting.
GO BEHIND THE SCENES: THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA
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, the 36th annual PaleyFest LA is taking place in March 2019 at the world-famous Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The premier television festival in the country, PaleyFest brings fans together with the hottest stars and creative talents in TV. Watch your favorite shows on the big screen along with other superfans, followed by a moderated Q&A with the cast and creative team. Named for William S. Paley, founder of CBS and The Paley Center for Media, proceeds from the event support the nonprofit Paley Center. The 2018 festival featured an Icon Tribute to the legendary Barbra Streisand, Stranger Things, Will & Grace, The Handmaid's Tale and The Big Bang Theory / Young Sheldon.
The 61st GRAMMY Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 10 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.
Kendrick Lamar leads the field with eight nominations, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "All the Stars" from the Black Panther soundtrack, which was nominated for Album of the Year. Drake received seven nods, and Boi-1da and Brandi Carlile garnered six each.
Go Behind the Scenes: Grammy Museum
For a fascinating journey into the history of music, don’t miss the GRAMMY Museum, located just steps from STAPLES Center AT L.A. LIVE. Four floors of cutting edge exhibits, interactive experiences and films provide a one-of-a-kind visitor experience. The Museum also hosts public events and educational programming that explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of recorded music.
Current special exhibits at the museum include The Prison Concerts: Folsom And San Quentin (Jim Marshall’s Photographs Of Johnny Cash), on view through Feb. 24, 2019; Chasing Trane: John Coltrane's Musical Journey Transcended (through March 3, 2019), and Cheech & Chong: Still Rollin' (through Spring 2019).
Hundreds of millions of viewers tuned in to watch the 90th Annual Academy Awards, which took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. For the second consecutive year, Jimmy Kimmel hosted the ceremony, which was televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. 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 Shape of Water won a leading four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Guillermo del Toro. Gary Oldman and Frances McDormand won the top acting awards. Jordan Peele made history as the first African American to ever win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. And with his win for Best Original Song ("Remember Me" from Coco), Robert Lopez became the first person to achieve the "EGOT" twice: he's now won at least two of the top awards from the fields of television (Emmy), music (Grammy), film (Oscar), and theater (Tony).
Go Behind the Scenes: FIDM
To coincide with the Oscars, the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) presented the 26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition. 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 were on display, including this year's Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design, Phantom Thread (Mark Bridges) and ensembles from Wonder Woman (Lindy Hemming), Dunkirk (Jeffrey Kurland), Thor: Ragnarok (Mayes C. Rubeo), and many more. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Go Behind the Scenes: The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
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Go Behind the Scenes: Hollywood Museum
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 →
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 33rd 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. Jordan Peele's Get Out won Best Feature and Peele won Best Director. Timothée Chalamet and Frances McDormand took home the top acting awards. Mudbound received the Robert Altman Award, given to the film's director, casting director, and ensemble cast.
Go Behind the Scenes: Film Independent at LACMA
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.