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Taking Home Oscar for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd time

6 Mar

Now that we’re a full week+ removed from the 85th Academy Awards, I wanted to throw up a gratuitous pic of the acting winners, along with some interesting facts about each!

US-OSCARS-PRESS ROOM

Some fun facts abou each of this year’s acting winners:

  • This is the second time in three years Christoph Waltz has taken the best supporting actor statue; both of his winning performances were directed by Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Bastards). 
  • Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence each took home their first Oscar with their second nominations; Hathaway was nominated in 2008 for Rachel Getting Married, while Lawrence was nominated for best actress for Winter’s Bone in 2010.
  • As for Daniel Day-Lewis, he’s been nominated for Best Actor 5 times and has won 3 of them (My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood, Lincoln), which made him the only male actor in history to accomplish this. One more win, and he’d tie Katharine Hepburn as Hollywood’s most Oscar-laden actor.

Also, not sure if you saw this, but JLaw (which is her thing now, apparently?) forgot to thank some VIPs in her acceptance speech: Silver Linings Playbook Director David O. Russell and The Weinstein Company chairman Harvey Weinstein. She released a statement thanking them (which can be seen here), but my favorite part was her closing:

Thank you to both. I will never be able to forgive myself for such a brain fart but I hope that you both can. Obviously it was not on purpose, I couldn’t remember what I had already said and my mind went completely blank–your brain does funny things during the most overwhelming moment of your life!

How can you not love her?!

A Tour of the Kodak!

21 Feb

When I was in California recently (and by recently, I mean 10 months ago), I knew a tour of the Kodak Theatre was a must. And since recent news made it clear that the theater will likely not be named the Kodak Theater anymore, this seemed a good time to finally get this post up!

Since 2002, the Kodak has been the permanent home of the Oscars. With a seating capacity of 3,401 and one of the largest stages in the U.S., it’s a great place for produces to stage movie’s big show.

The tour was pretty short, only about half hour. But, I definitely found it to be worth the $15. Though there are no photos allowed inside (boo) you do get to see the very ornate stair case that the celebs use, the George Eastman VIP Room (complete with an Oscar statue!) and a table setup from last year’s Governors ball (the after party thrown by the Academy) which, as you might expect, was colorful, elaborate and above all else, expensive looking.

You also get to sit in the theater, and our guide pointed out where some of the award winners sat at last year’s event. We also walked down the back hallway that the winners are escorted through after they leave the stage–pretty cool!

The best part about the tour is seeing how the theater actually looks 99% of the time, compared to what you see during the Oscars’ red carpet pre-shows. The theater definitely gets the royal treatment during the Oscars; with Hollywood Boulevard shut down, the red carpet becomes more than the 30 feet or so in front of the entrance. Case in point:

Versus:

If you’re going to be in the Hollywood area, I definitely recommend touring the Kodak! As the theater is basically part of a huge mall complex, parking is plentiful and fairly cheap for the area too!

Tours of the Kodak at offered Monday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. Tours depart every half hour from Level 2 entrance and last approximately 30 minutes. Tickets are $15 for adults (less for seniors and children), and can be purchased up to 7 days in advance from the websiteNote: Guided Tours will be suspended beginning February 5th due to the Academy Awards. Guided Tours resume regular schedule dates and time beginning Sunday, March 4th, 2012.

Oscartini takes Hollywood!

10 Oct

A few months ago, I took my proverbial show on the road for a visit to California! My very good friend Alyssa lives in San Diego with her fiancé Drew and their (slightly psychotic puppy) Nelson, and my boyfriend Nick’s aunt lives just north of Los Angeles, so we did a little “friends and family” west coast road trip!

We did a solid amount of sightseeing and touristy things; Nick had never been to CA and it was only my second time out, so it seemed like the right thing to do. Sadly, we didn’t see any celebrities, but we did do some fun movie related things!

One of our stops in San Diego was the famous Hotel Del Coronado. Also known as Hotel Del, the Del has been a favorite of Hollywood types since it opened in 1887. It’s pretty famous, and is one of the oldest and largest all-wooden buildings in California. Check out some of the Del’s Hollywood connection  here.

Marilyn Monroe’s movie Some Like It Hot was filmed at the Del in 1959, and is featured prominently throughout the movie.

And here’s my shot of the Del!

We heading north to LA after a few delightful days in San Diego, and saw some of the sights there!

First, we headed up to the Griffith Observatory, which is a popular tourist attraction that boasts awesome views of LA and the famed Hollywood sign! The Observatory plays a role in a bunch of movies, especially Rebel without a Cause, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and a bunch of TV shows too.

Proof I was there

Finally, on our last day in Cali, we took a Warner Brothers Studio Tour! The tour, which is 2 and a half hours through the WB back lot in a covered tram-type vehicle, covers the sound stages and sets of movies and TV shows that are filming/have filmed there. We saw some really cool stuff, including one of the tallest sound stages in the world that also has an in-ground tank with a two million gallon capacity (parts of Jurassic Park and The Perfect Storm were filmed in that one) and sets from TV shows like The Mentalist, Harry’s Law and this set that will probably look pretty familiar!

There was also a lot of cool Harry Potter stuff to see, which was a highlight for me. This is the car used by Harry and Ron in the very beginning of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:

There was also an awesome exhibit with costumes and props from all of the HP movies, but unfortunately, no photos were allowed there.

All in all, we had a great time in California doing movie things! What’s your favorite movie-related sight to see? Any awesome Cali places I have to hit next time I’m back? Leave ’em in the comments!