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Made In Hollywood awards honor films produced in LA

A Made In Hollywood awards ceremony was held Thursday to honor films made entirely in Los Angeles.
February 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
We've heard a lot in recent years about "runaway production": the movie business moving out of Hollywood. So Thursday there was an awards ceremony of sorts for films made entirely in Los Angeles.

Three film were honored Thursday: "Frozen," "The Croods," and "Her."

With the awards, Los Angeles City Council members hope to raise awareness about film productions in an effort to help the local economy by bringing back moviemaking to Hollywood.

Disney's hit film "Frozen" is not only Oscar-nominated for best animated feature film, it was just awarded the Los Angeles City Council's Made In Hollywood Award.

"Disney Animation is celebrating its 90th year. We're very proud to have always been based here in Burbank, California, and we continue to be based in Burbank," said Peter Del Vecho, producer of "Frozen."

Veteran actors along with local and state leaders want more movies made in Hollywood.

"This was a place that used to bump out 400 motion pictures a year here, so we have a lot of work to do to bring back work here to Hollywood," said Robert Pine, a "Frozen" voice actor.

"So many people who live in the city of Los Angeles who work in the industry are having to work outside of their own home," said L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge. "We want to bring it back to home."

Even the local landscape acts as a character.

"There's the grit and the beauty and the glamour, there's the street, there's the rough and the smooth. It's very, very visual," said actress Jacqueline Bisset.

"Her," nominated for a best picture Academy Award, was also honored Thursday, raising the filmmakers' hopes for Oscar gold.

"We're proud to have shot in Los Angeles and especially proud to receive this award, especially because all of the past recipients have gone on to win an Oscar," said Vincent Landay, producer of "Her."

Another Made In Hollywood honoree is "The Croods," also Oscar-nominated for best animated feature film. The producers say the film took about four years to finish. Being able to work from home made a big difference.

"After a long day of contributing to a film, to be able to go home to your friends and family is really nourishing, and it's wonderful and we love working at home," said Kristine Belson, producer of "The Croods."

L.A. City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell says the awards also celebrate the hundreds of entertainment jobs that stayed in the area. He says the movie and television industry bring in tens of millions of dollars to Los Angeles.


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