Fifth Annual Made in Hollywood Honors Celebrates California Film Excellence

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In February, FilmL.A. was proud to support the fifth annual Made in Hollywood Honors (MIHH), together with the Los Angeles City Council and seven other MIHH partner organizations.  The Awards took place on the Heart of Hollywood Terrace at 1600 VINE, which stands on the historic site of the Hollywood Brown Derby in Los Angeles.

Each winter, the MIHH program salutes films nominated for Academy Awards® for Best Picture or Best Animated Feature, which were produced and filmed in California.  Each summer, the Made in Hollywood Honors recognizes Emmy-nominated television productions made in California.  In February, feature film Honors were presented to Disney’s “Inside Out” and Paramount’s “Anomalisa” — two animated films made in Greater Los Angeles.

This year, two other areas of recognition were added to MIHH — Legendary composer/conductor John Williams was named the first recipient of the MIHH Lifetime Contribution to Hollywood Award.  Another significant and timely area of tribute for California-based movies was launched when “Straight Outta Compton” producer Scott Bernstein accepted the first MIHH Diversity Leadership Award on behalf of the critically-acclaimed film’s creative team.

Presenting before 100 film industry attendees, Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell noted that the Diveristy Leadership Award was created to encourage more inclusive employment practices and showcase the diversity of California-based productions.

Joining O’Farrell as host of the event was actor and SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Local Vice President, Esai Morales, who spoke of the human value of filmmaking in California, which allows artists and craftspeople the luxury of going home to their families each night.

Six notable film industry entities sponsor the MIHH program.  FilmL.A. is joined by SAG-AFTRA, the California Film Commission, Teamsters Local 399, the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund and the Producers Guild of America, along with MIHH partner and co-sponsor, 1600 VINE.  Also present to lend his support in 2016 was Kevin James, Director of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Film and TV Production. Former State Senator Art Torres, representing investment firm Klein Financial Corporation, the managing partner of luxury apartment community 1600 VINE, stressed the site’s commitment to preserving Hollywood as the “glowing capital of motion picture and television art.”

Established in 2011, MIHH continues under the leadership of Los Angeles Councilmember O’Farrell.  Previous honorees have gone on to win Oscars for Best Picture or Best Animated Feature, including: “The Artist,” “Argo,” “Frozen” and “Big Hero 6”.  Other MIHH recipients include “American Sniper,” “Whiplash,” “The Croods,” “How To Train Your Dragon 2” and “Her.”

See the gallery below with official photos from the event.
Photography by Riley Jamison, courtesy of 1600 VINE

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