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.

60th Golden Globe Awards (Jan. 7, 2018)

Seth Meyers hosts the 75th Annual Golden Globes
Seth Meyers hosts the 75th Annual Golden Globes | Photo courtesy of NBC

The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards took place at the Beverly Hilton on January 7. Hosted by Seth Meyers 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. With four awards, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won the most Golden Globes in the film categories, including Best Motion Picture - Drama. The Shape of Water and Lady Bird each won two awards. Big Little Lies led the TV categories with four awards, followed by The Handmaid's Tale and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel with two apiece. Oprah Winfrey brought the crowd to its feet with an electrifying speech when she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.


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 35th annual PaleyFest LA is taking place March 16-25, 2018 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 festival kicks off on March 16 with an Icon Tribute to the legendary Barbra Streisand, who will discuss her groundbreaking TV specials, concerts and guest appearances. This year's lineup includes Stranger Things (March 25), Will & Grace (March 17), The Handmaid's Tale (March 18) and The BIg Bang Theory / Young Sheldon (March 21).

90th Academy Awards (March 4, 2018)

Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 90th Annual Academy Awards
Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 90th Annual Academy Awards | Photo courtesy of AMPAS

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).

"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 26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition, on view through April 7, 2018. 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 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: 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

Rendering of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures | Rendering ©Renzo Piano Building Workshop / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Scheduled to open in 2019, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will be the world’s premier institution devoted to exploring the art and science of movies and moviemaking. Visitors to the museum will experience the magic of cinema and the creative, collaborative process of filmmaking through the lens of those who make it. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum will be housed in the landmark May Company—now the Saban Building—on Wilshire Boulevard and a distinctive spherical addition. The 300,000-square-foot museum will feature more than 50,000 square feet of gallery space for an immersive permanent exhibition and a diverse schedule of temporary exhibitions, two film and performance theatres, a state-of-the-art education studio, and dynamic spaces for public and special events.

Film Independent Spirit Awards (March 3, 2018)

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 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 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.