8:44am PT by Scott Feinberg
Made-in-Hollywood Honors to Celebrate Home-Grown Oscar Contenders
From the late 1920s through the late 1940s, virtually all major motion pictures that ever reached the American public were made in Hollywood. Over the decades since, several factors — the advent of lighter equipment, the rise of independent cinema and appealing tax incentives — have increasingly lured film production off of studio lots and out of town.
But this year, many of the most buzzed-about Oscar hopefuls were actually shot, in whole or in large part, in Hollywood — among them American Sniper, Cake, Chef, The Gambler, Inherent Vice and Nightcrawler — an encouraging fact that will be celebrated at the fourth annual Made-in-Hollywood Honors on Feb. 12 at the site of the old Hollywood Brown Derby at 1600 Vine.
The Made-in-Hollywood Honors were first suggested after The Artist, a French-language film, proved to be the only best picture nominee for 2011 that was actually shot in town. L.A. city councilmen whose districts include Hollywood wanted to find a way to encourage local productions and landed upon the idea of this ceremony, at which feted films receive proclamations. Subsequent honorees included Argo and Her.