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A look at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony from backstage at the Kodak Theatre.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway take the stage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Nominees and their plus ones sit front and center at the show.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

"Country Strong" star Gwyneth Paltrow with friends backstage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Oscar producers Don Mischer, left, and Bruce Cohen walk and talk.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Host and nominee James Franco pauses for a picture with Oscar producer Bruce Cohen.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Actress Halle Berry on the move.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Presenter Robert Downey Jr. checks his notes.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Supporting actress winner Melissa Leo in the spotlight.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Melissa Leo shares a moment with Kirk Douglas onstage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Melissa Leo takes the winners' walk backstage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Jennifer Hudson watches the ceremony on television.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Jake Gyllenhaal stops for a snapshot with Robert Downey Jr.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Lead actress winner Natalie Portman walks hand in hand with fiance Benjamin Millipied.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

"Arthur" stars Russell Brand and Helen Mirren share a moment backstage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Audrey Marrs and Charles Ferguson win for documentary for "Inside Job."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem, who starred together in "No Country for Old Men," present onstage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Aaron Sorkin wins the Oscar for adapted screenplay for "The Social Network."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

"King's Speech" writer David Seidler wins the award for original screenplay.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Susanne Bier wins for foreign language film for "In a Better World."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Christian Bale accepts the supporting actor award for "The Fighter."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Reese Witherspoon and Christian Bale backstage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross accept the award for original score for their work on "The Social Network."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Rick Baker, left, and Dave Elsey win an Oscar for achievement in makeup.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Supporting actress nominee Amy Adams.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Presenter Cate Blanchett of "Robin Hood" gives Rick Baker and Dave Elsey their Oscar for achievement in makeup.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

"Casino Jack's" Kevin Spacey introduces "Tangled" stars Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Mandy Moore, the voice of Rapunzel in "Tangled."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Presenter and media magnate Oprah Winfrey backstage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

"The Social Network's" Justin Timberlake backstage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman backstage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

The 2006 lead actress Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon and this year's winner for actor in a supporting role Christian Bale backstage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Lead actress nominee Annette Bening backstage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Hilary Swank watches from the back.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

"The King's Speech" director Tom Hooper and writer David Seidler celebrate their big wins.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Natalie Portman pauses before heading to the stage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Natalie Portman wins for lead actress for her role in "Black Swan."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Colin Firth heads to the stage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Colin Firth wins lead actor for his role in "The King's Speech."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway share an embrace.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Statuettes backstage at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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Backstage at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards

Los Angeles Times photographer Al Seib takes us backstage at the Academy Awards for a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse of the anticipation, the excitement and the energy of Hollywood’s biggest night. For full coverage of the 2011 Oscars, please visit The Envelope.

2 Comments

  1. February 28, 2011, 8:10 am

    Quality kills.

    By: FélixP
  2. March 8, 2011, 6:13 am

    […] some really great photos that capture the mood backstage: LA Times Tags: Academy Awards, Anne Hathaway, James Franco, Nominees, Oscars 2011 Previous postSafety […]

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