Go Behind the Scenes During Awards Season in Los Angeles

Oscar statues backstage at the Academy Awards

Photo: The Academy, Facebook

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.

Musso & Frank Grill in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Al Pacino at Musso & Frank Grill in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | Photo: Andrew Cooper, Columbia Pictures

77th Golden Globe Awards (Jan. 5, 2020)

The 77th Golden Globe Awards  took place at the Beverly Hilton on January 5. Hosted by Ricky Gervais for the fifth 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.

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood led the field with three Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture (Brad Pitt), and Best Screenplay (Quentin Tarantino). 1917 won Best Motion Picture - Drama, and Best Director (Sam Mendes). Joker and Rocketman also received two awards apiece.

For her performance in The Farewell, Awkwafina made history as the first woman of Asian descent to win the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical. Bong Joon-ho's Parasite became the first South Korean film to win Best Foreign Language Film.

In the TV categories, Succession, Fleabag and Chernobyl each won two Golden Globes.

Charlize Theron presented Tom Hanks with the Cecil B. deMille Award, and Ellen DeGeneres received the Carol Burnett Award from Kate McKinnon.

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 37th annual PaleyFest LA is taking place March 13-22 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 PaleyFest LA 2020 lineup includes: A Special Evening with Dolly Parton & Dolly Parton's Heartstrings (March 14); The Boys (March 15), NCIS 400th Episode Celebration (March 15), Star Trek: Picard (March 18), Curb Your Enthusiasm (March 20), and The Mandalorian (March 22). Full schedule and tickets at the PaleyFest LA 2020 website.

Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men open the 62nd GRAMMY Awards with a music tribute to Kobe Bryant

Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men opened the 62nd GRAMMY Awards with a performance of "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" in honor of Kobe Bryant | Photo: Robyn Beck / AFP, Getty Images

GRAMMY Awards (Jan. 26, 2020)

The 62nd GRAMMY Awards took place on January 26 at STAPLES Center 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.

Host Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men opened the ceremony with a tribute to Kobe Bryant, who had died that morning in a helicopter crash that also claimed the life of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and five others. L.A. native Billie Eilish made history as the first woman to sweep the "Big Four" awards: Album, Record and Song of the Year, as well as Best New Artist. At 18, Eilish is the youngest Album and Record of the Year winner in GRAMMY history. Lizzo, who led the field with eight nominations, took home three awards: Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Traditional R&B Performance, and Best Urban Contemporary Album.

Seven-time GRAMMY winner Prince was honored with an all-star tribute concert on Jan. 28 that featured Sheila E., The Revolution, The Time, Beck, Foo Fighters, Gary Clark Jr, H.E.R., John Legend, Juanes, St. Vincent and more. "Let's Go Crazy: The GRAMMY® Salute to Prince" took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center for a live concert taping, and will be broadcast on CBS in April.

Amy Winehouse performs at the 50th GRAMMY Awards live via satellite from London

Amy Winehouse performed at the 50th GRAMMY Awards ceremony on Feb. 10, 2008 via satellite from Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, London | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images, 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.

Now on view at the GRAMMY Museum, Beyond Black — The Style Of Amy Winehouse showcases the late singer's iconic outfits, as well as never-before-seen handwritten lyrics, journal entries and other reflections from her family's personal archive. Beyond Black - the first-ever Amy Winehouse exhibit in the U.S. - will run through April 13.

92nd Academy Awards (Feb. 9, 2020)

The 92nd Academy Awards were held on Sunday, February 9 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the permanent home of the ceremony since 2002. The Oscars recognize 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. This was the second consecutive Oscar ceremony without a designated host.

With four Oscars, Parasite led the field and made Academy Awards history: it's the first non-English language film to win Best Picture; Bong Joon-ho is the first South Korean to win Best Director; and Parasite is the first South Korean movie to win Best International Feature Film. Earlier in the evening, when Bong took the stage with co-writer Han Jin-won to accept the Best Original Screenplay award, it was the first-ever Oscar given to a South Korean film.

In other firsts, New Zealand's Taika Waititi became the first indigenous filmmaker to win an Oscar - Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit. With her Best Original Score win for Joker, Hildur Guðnadóttir became the first solo female winner in that category.

1917 won three Oscars; Ford v Ferrari, Joker, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood each won two awards. Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor playing the title role in Joker, and Renee Zellweger won Best Actress for her portrayal of Judy Garland in Judy.


"Little Women" costumes by Academy Award winner Jacqueline Durran, on view at FIDM

"Little Women" costumes by Academy Award winner Jacqueline Durran, on view at FIDM | Photo: Evelyn Hitchcock

"Rocketman" costumes by Julian Day on view at FIDM

"Rocketman" costumes by Julian Day at FIDM | Photo: Evelyn Hitchcock

To coincide with the Oscars, the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) presents the 28th annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design (Feb. 4 - Mar. 21), which celebrates the creativity of costume designers with a showcase of costumes from notable films of the past year. The exhibition is the only one of its kind in the world and displays more than 100 outstanding costume designs from 30 films, including this year's Academy Award winner, Jacqueline Durran (Little Women) and her fellow nominees for Best Costume Design:

  • The Irishman – Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson
  • Jojo Rabbit – Mayes C. Rubeo
  • Joker – Mark Bridges
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Arianne Phillips

Each year, the exhibition also salutes and displays the previous year's winner for Best Costume Design. In 2019, Ruth E. Carter won for Black Panther and became the first African American to win in the category. Carter's costumes for Dolemite Is My Name are also on view. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Opening on Dec. 14, 2020, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will be the world’s premier institution devoted to exploring the art and science of movies and moviemaking. 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.

"The Artist" the Bradbury Building in DTLA

Scene from The Artist at the Bradbury Building

 |  Photo: @filmtourismus

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Hollywood Museum
Hollywood Museum lobby | Photo: 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.

Film Independent Spirit Awards (Feb. 8, 2020)

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. Nominees are selected by Film Independent committees with these guidelines:

  • Diversity, innovation, uniqueness of vision
  • Original, provocative subject matter
  • Economy of means
  • Percentage of financing from independent sources

To be eligible, a movie must be independently produced in the U.S. (except entries in the Best International Film category) with a budget under $22.5 million. All films must be at least 70 minutes.

Hosted for the second time by Aubrey Plaza, the 35th annual ceremony took place on February 8 at its usual beachfront tent location next to the historic Santa Monica Pier. Uncut Gems topped the winners with three Independent Spirit Awards, including Adam Sandler for Best Male Lead, Josh and Benny Safdie for Best Director, and Ronald Bronstein and Benny Safdie for Best Editing. The Farewell was named Best Feature and Renee Zellweger won Best Female Lead for Judy.

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

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