It’s almost spring, and that means one thing to the Hollywood elite and cinephiles alike – Oscar Season! Formally known as the Academy Awards, but popularly called “The Oscars” after the statuette given to each award recipient, this event is among the top Los Angeles attractions each year.
This year’s Academy Awards ceremony will be held on March 2, 2014, at the popular Dolby Theatre (which you can visit and tour with your Go Los Angeles Card – just not while they’re using it for the awards!). As always, the Oscars promise to be an exciting evening of dance, song, and of course, theatrics! Some of 2013’s best films, musical scores, and performers have been nominated for this year’s awards, including “American Hustle,” “Gravity,” “Philomena,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” for Best Film; Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christian Bale, and Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor; and Judi Dench, Meryl Streep, and Cate Blanchett for Best Actress.
While we’re all probably unlikely to swing an invitation to the 2014 Academy Awards or any of the A-list after parties, there’s plenty of Oscar fun to be held elsewhere. You always have the option of the at-home Oscar party. Snacks, champagne, and you’re ready to go. But there are other options. If you’re able to make the trip to California this March, check out some of these Los Angeles attractions in honor of America’s favorite movie awards.
Since the Academy Awards draw a huge crowd of celebrities and visitors alike, many of the best Los Angeles attractions cater exhibits, tours, and events towards this famous event. The famous Hollywood Museum is a smart place to start. Located right on Hollywood Boulevard and adjacent to the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame, this museum is a monument to the best of American movie history. From costumes and film artifacts, to authentic set replications and clips from a century of cinematic history, you’ll find a little bit of everything here! After leaving the museum, walk west along Hollywood Boulevard to find your favorite stars etched eternally in the stones below.
Then, just a bit down the road past Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (which is still an operational movie theater, by the way) you’ll see another popular Los Angeles Attraction – Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood. While this world-famous wax museum will be closed on the day of the Academy Awards, you can visit any other time during your trip to LA. Get a photo next to your favorite movie star without pressing through crowds or dealing with lines, and come away with memorabilia to treasure for a lifetime. You’ll even be able to spot a few of this year’s Oscar Nominees at Madame T’s!
Don’t forget a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood, where you’ll be able to see some of the best props, costumes, and behind-the-scenes secrets about a few of the top Oscar-winning films of all time – including some from this year’s nominees! It’s also a great way to spend an afternoon with the kids, even if they’re less into the celebrity watching and more into the special effects. Be sure not the miss the NBC Universal Experience, a vast exhibit that includes wardrobe and artifacts from 100 years of movie magic!
So if you find yourself in California this season, be sure to check out some Oscar-friendly Los Angeles attractions in honor of everyone’s favorite movie awards show. And who knows, you may even bump into someone famous on Hollywood Boulevard!