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Behind-the-Scenes: LAist at the Oscar Nominations

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Hundreds of journalists, photographers and crews descended on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard early this morning for the announcement for the 83rd Annual Academy Award (Oscar) nominations.

LAist was on site at 3:30 am to take in the scene so you wouldn’t have to. It was mildly amusing to see Facebook status updates of friends just heading to bed (but really, there aren’t a lot of laughs to be had after three hours of sleep).

The nominations are announced at 5:38 am, a tradition harkens back to the days of print newspaper deadlines, when studios and publicists needed to make East Coast morning shows and papers, but in this age of instant media gratification, it seems like its more of a badge of honor to say you had to get up that early to “work the Oscar beat.” But we like the 5:30 hour for the announcement. Why? No traffic through Beverly Hills AND free parking to boot. When else can you say that?