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
you could experience at least part of the
excitement and glamour in person.
golden, 24-foot-high Oscar statues loom outside, and for one day
the eyes of the world focus on
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.
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
comes to the Academy Awards show.
naturally, the biggest stars in
are there in hopes of bringing home one of the golden statuettes.
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
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
in 1969, the Oscars found what appeared to be a semi-permanent
home downtown at the DorothyChandler Pavilion in the
where the ceremonies were held for most of the following years. In
the mid-90's they began to alternate between the
and the far larger Shrine Auditorium.
Oscars New Home
a new, permanent home
for the Oscars has been built, and it will actually return the
Oscars to downtown
where they started.
Corp. has built a massive $600 million project (called '
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
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
Celebrities and Hosts
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,
Sarah Jessica Parker
and Kate Hudson. Sting
and Randy Newman each performed a song from a nominated film.
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.
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...