Framework

Capturing the world through photography, video and multimedia

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

More galleries on Framework

return to gallery

Cuban defector Yasiel Puig breaths life into Dodgers season

Cuban defector Yasiel Puig breathes life into Dodgers season

Times photographer Wally Skalij photographed Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig against the Braves at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won 2-1 after Puig tied the score with a home run in...   View Post»

   

Backstage at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards

Pictures in the News | October 11, 2012

Thursday's Pictures in the News begins in Syria, where a Free Syrian Army fighter adjust his headband before going into battle in Aleppo, where fighting continues between rebels...   View Post»

   

Backstage at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards

Dodgers' spring training in Vero Beach, Fla.

The Dodgers trained in Vero Beach, Fla., from 1949 to 2008, when they moved spring training to Arizona. This photo gallery looks back at Dodger spring training -- and all those...   View Post»

   

2008 Olympians

Team USA: Portraits of Olympic dreams

About the photographs: Polaroid film was introduced to the world in 1948 by Edwin Land.  Production of the film ceased in 2008, ending an era, sixty years after Polaroid...   View Post»

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 […]

Add a comment or a question.

If you are under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate. Here are the full legal terms you agree to by using this comment form.

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until they've been approved.

Required

Required, will not be published