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Will Paice: Co-Producer, "Visual Acoustics". Case Study House #22, Los Angeles, CA. 1960, Architect: Pierre Koenig.

I don’t have a date on this night shot of the Paramount Pictures gate, but it looked like this for years. What I love about the way they’ve lit it. The lighting really shows the texture of the columns, and decorative motifs over the arch. And look at how the light at the back projects the intricate ironwork of the gates onto the walls of the arch. Really, is it any wonder this gate has become such an icon of the Hollywood film industry?

None of us were fortunate enough to make it to the first Academy Awards ceremony at the Hollywood Roosevelt on Hollywood Boulevard in 1929, but at least in this photo we can catch a glimpse of what the Blossom Room looked like before they let in the Who’s Who. Back then, though, there wouldn’t have been much tension—the guests already knew who’d won. It wouldn’t be until 1941 that the winners’ names would be withheld until the ceremony, which was a savvy move to ensure all the stars…