Behind the Scenes at the Oscars: Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, and More

More

The Atlantic's Eleanor Barkhorn spoke earlier this month with Academy Awards photographer Art Streiber, who has been shooting behind the scenes photos at the ceremony for the past decade. The images he's captured are as iconic as they are glamorous—Julia Roberts laughing backstage with Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington; Nicolas Cage smoking on the loading dock with Jack Nicholson. The opportunities for a photographer to capture such candid celebrities moments are rare, requiring a level of access that Streiber acknowledges hasn't existed for decades:

Those kinds of opportunities don't exist because the celebrities and actors and actresses are very managed and handled and presented. So yes, they're in gowns and jewels, yes, they're in tuxedos, but the moments are all real, they're not manufactured.


But in those classic Hollywood years—the '50s and '60s—LIFE magazine did have that unprecedented behind the scenes access, photographing stars like Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, and Elizabeth Taylor looking more genuine than you've ever seen them. The photos of these screen legends at Academy Awards ceremonies that were held over 50 years ago serve as the perfect bookend to Streiber's collection of modern photos: as the years have gone by, the magic of Hollywood's biggest night has remained the same.



See the full gallery at LIFE.com.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Kevin Fallon is a reporter for the Daily Beast. He's a former entertainment editor at TheWeek.com and former writer and producer for The Atlantic's entertainment channel.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Entertainment

Just In