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The event. THE EVENT.  THE EVENT KNOWN AS ãTHE OSCARSä, has been televised live since 1953, and a billion people all over the world tune in to watch the ceremony on TV from the comfort of their homes. But if you were in Los Angeles , you could experience at least part of the Hollywood excitement and glamour in person.

Giant, golden, 24-foot-high Oscar statues loom outside, and for one day the eyes of the world focus on Hollywood . It all used to happen at the Shrine Auditorium. This year, the show will move to the Kodak Theatre at the new "Hollywood & Highland" project.

Large grandstands are set up nearby to allow spectators a view of the stars, as they exit their limousines curbside and walk to the auditorium. The stars make their way up the red carpet, running the gauntlet of photographers, and stopping to give interviews to the horde of TV news crews and entertainment reporters, before entering the Auditorium. It's a great opportunity to see (and take photos of) your favorite superstars, since virtually everyone who is anyone in Hollywood comes to the Academy Awards show.

And naturally, the biggest stars in Hollywood are there in hopes of bringing home one of the golden statuettes.

The Shrine was not only home for the Academy Awards ceremonies. The very first Oscars were handed out at a dinner held in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, across the street from the new home on Hollywood Blvd.   For the next 14 years (1929-1943), the ceremonies alternated between the Biltmore Hotel and the Ambassador Hotel's Coconut Grove, where the awards ceremonies included a banquet for the stars. The banquet was dropped after 1944, when the awards ceremony moved to Grauman's Chinese Theatre (1944-1946). Then for two years (1947-1948) the show was held at the Shrine Auditorium. In the 1950's, the Oscar ceremonies settled down to the Pantages Theatre, where they remained until 1960. Then, from 1961 to 1968, the ceremony moved to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

Finally, in 1969, the Oscars found what appeared to be a semi-permanent home downtown at the DorothyChandler Pavilion in the Los Angeles Music Center , where the ceremonies were held for most of the following years. In the mid-90's they began to alternate between the Music Center and the far larger Shrine Auditorium.  

Oscars New Home

But a new, permanent home for the Oscars has been built, and it will actually return the Oscars to downtown Hollywood where they started.

TrizecHahn Corp. has built a massive $600 million project (called ' Hollywood  &  Highland ') on Hollywood Blvd. , next to Mann's Chinese Theatre, an outdoor mall filled with restaurants, boutiques and movie theatres. The project includes a 3,300-seat state-of-the-art Kodak theater which now becomes the permanent home for the annual Academy Award ceremonies, as well as a 30,000-square foot ballroom for the Governor's Ball which follows the ceremony. Custom designed to meet the Academy's needs, with camera positions built-in, the new venue should be the perfect location for the annual awards show. (And the building will also be used for Broadway theatre and other events during the rest of the year.) 

2002 marked the Oscars return to Hollywood . Fittingly, the Oscars' new home is now right across the street from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the site of the very first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929.

Up until this year you were able to see the Oscar hopefuls arriving if you were willing enough to wait outside the venue to snag one of the bleacher seats.  You would get to see the celebrities live, as they arrived in their limousines and walked up the red carpet into the auditorium.  This year you had to submit a request and be checked through a security process.  The seats were taken almost immediately and there are none left at this point.

Past Celebrities and Hosts


The 2001 awards were hosted by Steve  Martin, when the presenters included Michael Douglas, Anthony Hopkins, Winona Ryder, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Annette Bening, Jennifer Lopez, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Stiller, Juliette Binoche, Hilary Swank, Nicolas Cage, Michelle Yeoh, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Mike Myers, Chow Yun-Fat, Halle   Berry , Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson. Sting and Randy Newman each performed a song from a nominated film.


In 2000, the stars walking up the red carpet past the fans bleachers included host Billy Crystal, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robin Williams, Jack Nicholson, Denzel Washington, Michael Caine, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Mel Gibson,Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, Drew Barrymore, Dustin Hoffman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Samuel L. Jackson, Cameron Diaz, Kevin Spacey, Salma Hayek, Roberto Benigni, Cher, Angelina Jolie, Clint Eastwood, Antonio Banderas, Jane Fonda, Steven Spielberg, Tommy Lee Jones, Angela Bassett, Morgan Freeman, Uma Thurman, Edward Norton, Tyra Banks, Tobey Maguire, Cate Blanchett, Lucy Liu, Charlize Theron, Mike Myers, Heather Graham, Jude Law, Haley Joel Osment, Chow Yun Fat, Ashley Judd, Dame Judi Dench, James Coburn, Russell Crowe, Richard Farnsworth, Janet McTeer, Julianne Moore, Hilary Swank, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jude Law, Ethan Hawke, Toni Collette, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton, Chlo‘ Sevigny, and live performers such as Ray Charles, Garth Brooks, Burt Bacharach, Isaac Hayes, Queen Latifah and too many more to count.


In 1999, many of the same stars turned out, plus host Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Helen Hunt, Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Liv Tyler, Robert De Niro, John Travolta, Kevin Costner, Goldie Hawn, Steven Speilberg, Robert Duvall, Kim Basinger, Steve Martin, Uma Thurman, Anne Heche, Ed Harris, Nick Nolte, Billy Bob Thorton, Edward Norton, Ian McKellan, Lynn Redgrave, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophia Loren, Jennifer Lopez and live performers such as Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Peter Gabriel, Randy Newman, Aerosmith, Andy Garcia, Patrick Stewart, Val Kilmer and too many more to count...

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