Made In Hollywood? When it comes to Oscar nominees don’t count on it.
The third annual “Made-In-Hollywood” awards were presented today at 1600 Vine, former site of the famous Brown Derby restaurant, to the producers of Her, The Croods and Frozen, pretty much the only higher profile Oscar nominees that qualified even remotely as a film wholly or in substantial part made in Southern California. Frozen producer Peter del Vecho, Croods producers Kristine Belson and Jane Hartwell, and Her producer Vincent Landay accepted proclamations from presenter Jacqueline Bisset and L.A. City Councilmen Tom LaBonge and Mitch O’Farrell who said these honors were conceived as a way to encourage local production by rewarding Academy Award nominated films for keeping their productions in their “historic home”. The Councilmen whose districts include Hollywood want to “promote the full and well-earned use of the vast reservoir of filmmaking talent, creative artists, craftspeople and technicians”. Of course this is a big part of the reason Mayor Eric Garcetti created the job of L.A. Film Czar, filled briefly by the late Tom Sherak and now in the hands of Ken Ziffren. There’s lots of TV production but the movie industry has definitely fled for other environs. Previous winners in the first two years of the program, Argo and The Artist were the only two films in their respective years that qualified and both went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars.
Using the high profile platform of the Oscar race, organizers are discovering it is hard to find any qualified movies, high or low profile, to give this thing to. If the goal is to encourage studios to return to the golden era when nearly every film was shot in L.A. it’s got a long way to go. Those days are gone with the wind. Ironically the only Best Picture nominee, Her, that qualified this year actually shot a large part in China doubling for a futuristic Los Angeles. And Croods and Frozen are animated movies which the Made-In-Hollywood selection committee turned to presumably to encourage animated films and TV shows from also taking their business out of the city.
Well at least the Oscar show itself is still ‘made in Hollywood’.