Digging around the servers for our Red Carpet Archives, came across this bit of a gem from 2003.
If you remember my comments last year (2015) that the atmosphere was so less grand without all of the large Oscar® statues and floral arrangements? This was in Babylon Court at Hollywood & Highland as you walked through closed areas from the then Kodak Theatre (now Dolby Theatre) to the then Hollywood Renaissance Hotel (now Lowes Hollywood Hotel).
This was my first Academy Awards® held on March 23, 20o3. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) has since moved the event a month earlier to February.
No red carpet arrivals that year as Operation Enduring Freedom, the invasion of Iraq, had been launched just days prior on the 20th of March. The celebrities did not want to walk the red carpet, appearing frivolous and pretending everything was all rosy, while giving entertainment interviews. There was a significant number of them who said if a red carpet arrivals ceremony were to be held, they would use the side doors and not walk the carpet. So, no arrivals that year. But it was a lively press room! Photo gallery to come! 😉
And then … this happened! 😉 ❤
In searching out links for the Additional Resources below, I came across a fun article about Babylon Court (see resources below). Here is a more recent photo of Babylon Court, shot during the Holiday Season 2013. The statue in the top photo covered the water fountain in the courtyard, where the tree is.
- Academy Awards® … a/k/a The Oscars®
- Dolby Theatre
- Lowes Hollywood Hotel
- Hollywood & Highland
- Why Does Los Angeles Have a Mall Based on the Babylon set from the 1916 Film “Intolerance”? — Curbed LA
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