Oscars’ finest backstage moments in exclusive-access pictures by L.A. Occasions’ Al Seib

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As a photojournalist on the Los Angeles Occasions, I’ve had the dignity to cowl the Oscars from each vantage level all through my 37 yr profession. The final 16 years, my focus has been photographing the crimson carpet and backstage through the Academy Awards ceremony.

The small house backstage permits for just a few photographers chosen by the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences to be current annually. This is identical for the crimson carpet occasion earlier than the ceremony.

Regardless of being properly documented by tons of of media from across the globe, just a few photographers are allowed to stroll on the crimson carpet amid the nominees and presenters.

2019: Rami Malek reacts after winning the lead actor award for "Bohemian Rhapsody."

2019: Rami Malek reacts after profitable the lead actor award for “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

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The Academy Awards season is a time to have fun achievement for these folks on the high of their craft within the movement image arts and sciences; however, additionally it is a time for reunion for the individuals who work in movie.

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2006: Amy Adams, left, and Michelle Williams meet on the red carpet

2006: Amy Adams, left, and Michelle Williams meet on the crimson carpet on the Kodak Theatre (now the Dolby Theatre).

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2019: Trevor Noah, from high, takes a selfie throughout crimson carpet arrivals; 2010: Sandra Bullock and Helen Mirren; 2016: Sylvester Stallone greets Cate Blanchett; 2018: Elisabeth Moss, far proper, takes a selfie with different crimson carpet attendees; 2017: Taraji P. Henson and Jackie Chan; 2006: Nicole Kidman; 2008: Heidi Klum; 2014: Cate Blanchett playfully tries to take a satchel with the night time’s award envelopes from PricewaterhouseCoopers accountant Brian Cullinan.

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That is usually the place the celebrities greet one another with nice emotion, so I’m on the lookout for these intimate moments.

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2005: Prince arrives at the Kodak Theatre with Manuela Testolini

2005: Prince and Manuela Testolini arrive on the Kodak Theatre.

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Meryl Streep waves to fans behind velvet rope on the red carpet

2012: Meryl Streep delights followers with a wave from the crimson carpet.

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2020: Regina King arrives at the Dolby Theatre

2020 : Regina King takes her activate the crimson carpet.

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I’m on the lookout for the angle that nobody sees through the present.

When winners come by way of the curtains backstage clutching their Oscar statuette they let their feelings circulation. There may be jubilation, crying and quite a lot of hugging.

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2007: Jennifer Hudson is open-mouthed in excitement exiting the stage with her supporting actress Oscar

2007: Jennifer Hudson exits the stage along with her supporting actress Oscar.

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2018: Allison Janney beams with joy while showing off her Oscar and "the envelope, please."

2018: Allison Janney beams backstage after receiving the supporting actress Oscar.

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2008: Forest Whitaker and Marion Cotillard embrace backstage

2008: Forest Whitaker and Marion Cotillard embrace backstage.

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2009: Kate Winslet double-checks the result after her win for lead  actress

2009: Kate Winslet double-checks the outcome after her lead actress win for “The Reader.”

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2020: Jane Fonda caresses the face of Joaquin Phoenix, who won the lead actor Oscar for “Joker,” backstage with Olivia Colman

2020: A teary-eyed Joaquin Phoenix, winner of the lead actor Oscar for “Joker,” backstage with Olivia Colman, middle, and Jane Fonda.

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2019: Alfonso Cuarón clowns with Angela Bassett

2019: Alfonso Cuarón clowns with Angela Bassett backstage after profitable the international language movie Oscar.

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2018: Kobe Bryant admires his statue after winning the animated short film Oscar with Glen Kean, right, for "Dear Basketball"

2018: Kobe Bryant after profitable the animated brief movie Oscar with Glen Kean, proper, for “Pricey Basketball.”

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Annually lends itself to surprises. In 2014, host Ellen Ellen DeGeneres ordered pizza for the viewers with an precise pizza supply particular person dropping off the pies.

In 2015, host Neil Patrick Harris took the stage in his underwear.

2014: Host Ellen DeGeneres hands out pizza to Meryl Streep, who then takes a bite

2014: Host Ellen DeGeneres fingers out pizza she ordered from backstage to Meryl Streep, who takes a chew.

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2015: Neil Patrick Harris heads onstage in his tighty whities

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2015: Neil Patrick Harris walks onstage in his underwear

2015: Host Neil Patrick Harris makes certain all the pieces is in place strolling onto the stage of the Dolby Theatre in his underwear.

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In 2017 the viewers was shocked on the mixup announcement for finest image the place “La La Land” was mistakenly learn aloud as receiving the distinguished award, whereas the movie “Moonlight” was the precise winner.

2017: The audience was stunned after "La La Land" was discovered to be read by mistake as best picture winner.

2017: Viewers members have been shocked after “La La Land” was found to have been introduced by mistake as winner of the perfect image Oscar.

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2017: Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome share an emotional embrace backstage

2017: After order was restored, Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome of the particular finest image winner, “Moonlight,” shared an emotional embrace backstage.

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As a photojournalist, I don’t direct the expertise. The moments are real as I try to {photograph} their celebration in an intimate, personable approach whereas documenting historical past.

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2012: Octavia Spencer accepts her supporting actress Oscar

2012: Octavia Spencer accepts her supporting actress Oscar.

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2020: Renée Zellweger accepts her lead actress Oscar

2020: Renée Zellweger accepts her lead actress Oscar, introduced by Rami Malek, left.

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2012: Jean Dujardin kisses Uggie, his canine co-star in "The Artist"

2012: Jean Dujardin kisses Uggie, his canine co-star in “The Artist,” after profitable the lead actor Oscar.

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2012: Sandra Bullock waits with a tuxedoed stage assistant before going onstage

2012: Sandra Bullock waits to be launched to go onstage.

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2010: Jeff Bridges gets a kiss from Michelle Pfeiffer

2010: Jeff Bridges backstage with Michelle Pfeiffer after profitable the lead actor Oscar.

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2019: Exultant Jaime Ray Newman leaves the stage after winning the short film Academy Award

2019: Jaime Ray Newman leaves the stage along with her crew after profitable the Academy Award for brief movie.

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I {photograph} the constructing and blocking of the stage units, crimson carpet and rehearsals of the present that individuals usually don’t get to see.

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2006: Dolly Parton sings surrounded by background vocalists during Oscars rehearsal

2006: Dolly Parton sings surrounded by background vocalists throughout Oscars rehearsal on the Capitol Data constructing in Hollywood.

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2006: Host Jon Stewart is interviewed by Ellen DeGeneres for a segment on her show on the Tuesday before the Oscars.

2006: Host Jon Stewart is interviewed by Ellen DeGeneres for a section on her present on the Tuesday earlier than the Oscars.

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Scenic artist Dena D’Angelo dries freshly painted Oscar statues

2020 – Scenic artist Dena D’Angelo dries freshly painted Oscar statues as preparations proceed for the 92nd Oscars ceremony on the Dolby Theatre February 9.

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