The 2021 Oscars were short on surprises, if you don’t count QuestLove’s golden Crocs, Halle Berry’s hair-do, and the abrupt, anticlimactic ending, but the decision to stage the 93rd Academy Awards predominantly in Union Station, rather than the show’s traditional home of the Dolby Theatre, proved inspired.
This 82-year-old mass transit hub, located in downtown Los Angeles, is no stranger to Hollywood, having been used in a wide variety of feature films, including To Live and Die in LA, Blade Runner and The Dark Knight Rises.
Oscar producer Steven Soderbergh took full advantage of his novel location. The Awards show opened with movie style credits, as Regina King swept in, and was sumptuously lensed in widescreen at a cinematic 24 frames per second.
The main stage took over the station’s original ticket-counter room, its 12m high windows bathing the room in bright sunlight during the first half of the show.
The station looked every inch the star (indeed it dominated during a night where movie clips were notable mainly by their absence), and now seems certain to become even more of a tourist attraction in its own right.
But where exactly is Union Station, and where could you transit to and from if you flounced in wearing your Oscar tribute gown or DJ?
Oscar producer Steven Soderbergh took full advantage of his novel location. The show was sumptuously lensed in widescreen at a cinematic 24 frames per second…
Union Station is actually only a short ride from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Remarkably, the Station remained open to transit riders during the entire event, with all bus, rail, Metrolink and Amtrak services running.
The station is the main regional hub for Amtrak, as well as Metrolink’s five-county commuter train service. It also serves as a transfer point for Metro’s Red, Purple and Gold Lines, and connects Los Angeles with around 1,800 buses per day.
A gorgeous blend of Spanish-colonial, revival and art deco styles, the station opened in May 1939, at a cost of 11.2$ million, which is the equivalent of 1.2$ billion in today’s money.
Visitors should look up for the station’s six art deco-inspired brass chandeliers, and down for the original terracotta floor tiles.
Other attractions include an 11-foot-wide floor runner made from a variety of inlaid stone, and 286 mahogany art deco chairs.
Best plan for a good meal too. Dining options in the Grand Waiting Room, include Traxx, which serves modern American cuisine in a glamorous retro setting, and Café Crepe, a European-inspired casual diner.
If you find yourself on the South Patio, drop into The Streamliner, a brewpub serving craft beer, cocktails, and an extensive oyster and American classics menu.
Oscars 2021: 93rd Academy Award winners in full:
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Anthony Hopkins (The Father)
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Frances McDormand (Nomadland)
Best Animated Feature Film
Chloé Zhao (Nomadland)
Best Original Song
Fight for You, (Judas and the Black Messiah)
Best Original Score
Soul, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste
Best Film Editing
Sound of Metal Mikkel E.G. Nielsen
Mank, Erik Messerschmidt
Best Production Design
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari)
Best Visual Effects
My Octopus Teacher
Best Documentary Short Subject
Best Animated Short Film
If Anything Happens I Love You
Best Live-Action Short Film
Two Distant Strangers
Sound of Metal
Best Costume Design
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah)
Best International Feature Film
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Screenplay
Promising Young Woman (Emerald Fennell)
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