Behind the Scenes with Director Alejandro González Iñárritu
Last night was the 87th Academy Awards with the biggest award winner of the night being director Alejandro González Iñárritu and his film Birdman. Neil Patrick Harris entertained us all with jokes and antics. But while the awards show was taking place with all the musical numbers, and comedy there was a whole lot going on back stage to make the ceremony come together that we were not privy to.
With some of the biggest names in Hollywood attending the event you’d expect some major security and the Oscars did not disappoint. Attendees had to go through a metal detector and have their bags inspection before the red carpet and in a carefully disguised security checkpoint of their own. As actors and filmmaker had to go through security checkpoints as well, actors who had their pictures taken in front of twin Oscar statues had just come through one of security checkpoint.
Formal wear is taken very seriously, not only are the people attending the Oscar ceremony expected to show up in tuxedos or elaborate evening gowns, but the same goes for literally every person participating in any small or big way in the show; technicians, photographers, even members of the press that will never set foot on the red carpet or in the theater still have to wear formal wear.
The Oscars literally shut down Hollywood. The Dolby Theatre where the Oscars are held is located on an intersection of Highland Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, which normally jammed up with traffic is a 24-hour-a-day. Except for the day of the Oscars, where the entire area is completely shut down for several blocks!
One would think the preparations for the Oscars would be complete will in advance, but surprisingly enough last minute touches are being completed just minutes before the ceremony begins and somehow miraculously it all comes together.