Since opening on November 9, 2001, the Dolby Theatre (originally the Kodak) has been the official, and purpose built, venue for the annual Academy Awards ceremony.
Located along Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, the Dolby Theatre's technical design makes it especially effective for hosting televised events. In addition to the annual Oscars telecast, the Dolby Theatre regularly hosts concerts, theatrical productions, live events, and television shows like America's Got Talent and American Idol. Just two weeks after the Academy Awards ceremony last year I had the opportunity to get a closer look at this iconic venue during another series of travel shoots. From admiring the view in the front row of the auditorium to following the backstage path that the winners take to meet the press, exploring the Dolby Theatre like this was a bucket list experience come true.
Since my first year of film school I've admired countless filmmakers who stood on this stage, and have watched every Best Picture winner since the Oscars debuted in 1929. For me, having a personal moment to just absorb this space and reflect on the growth of my own career since my teenage days as a know-it-all student filmmaker felt profound.
Being in the Dolby Theatre is to be reminded of just how many legendary figures of pop culture have been in this one room. Spielberg, Streep, DiCaprio, Hanks, Scorsese ... Editing Luke lol. Watching the Academy Awards will never seem quite the same after this shoot.