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Jack Black and Will Ferrell sing about the one song no one wants to hear at the Oscars.

Happy 100th birthday, Beverly Hills

In honor of the centennial celebration of Beverly Hills, we’re taking the opportunity to talk about our favorite Academy building, the City of Beverly Hills Water Treatment Plant No. 1.  This spectacular Spanish Romanesque building standing at the corner of La Cienega and Olympic is home to the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library

Constructed in 1927 as a way to ensure the fledgling municipality’s independence from the city of Los Angeles, the building’s primary function was to house the equipment that filtered the water for the citizens of Beverly Hills.  Over time, as the city became more firmly established and fears of annexation abated, Beverly Hills began buying water from Los Angeles.

The building sat empty from the mid-1970s until 1989 when the Academy stepped in to save it from demolition with an imaginative adaptive reuse plan.

The beautiful wrought iron doors at the entrance are among the building’s signature features.  

Equally captivating are the bell tower and the ornate windows above the entrance. The tower is one of a handful in the United States that was created to resemble The Giralda, the bell tower that sits atop the cathedral in Seville, Spain.  The windows, one small and one grand, resemble film reels, a happy coincidence for an organization devoted to the art and science of motion pictures.

With the building’s renovation, the water tanks and processing equipment gave way to bookshelves, climate controlled vaults and office space for a staff of more than 70 individuals dedicated to preserving the world’s foremost film historical collection. 

For the next two months we are helping Beverly Hills celebrate its Centennial with an exhibition exploring the city’s relationship to the motion picture industry. 

Come visit us and see photographs of early Beverly Hills and its famous residents at work and play, celebrity home movies and more.  We hope you’ll join us as we say thanks to the city for being a great home.  We love the waterworks and we’re looking forward to the next century.

Lupita Nyong’o - Actress in a Supporting Role - Oscars 2014


In 2006, the Academy commissioned Spike Lee to direct a series of short television commercials to promote the 79th Annual Academy Awards, which took place on February 25, 2007. In August of 2006 in New York City, Lee filmed 123 individuals delivering iconic lines from Academy Award-winning and nominated films.

Six commercials were released and aired on ABC and its affiliates.

The Academy Film Archive holds the master elements to the commercials, including dailies and behind-the-scenes footage of the 2006 shoot which can be seen here:

The Academy’s series “By Any Means Necessary: A Spike Lee Joints Retrospective” kicks off on June 26 with a screening of 25th Hour  and the opening of the exhibit “WAKE UP! David C. Lee Photographs the Films of Spike Lee” at the Linwood Dunn Theater. The exhibit showcases photographs by David C. Lee taken on the sets of his brother’s films over the years. The Spike Lee retrospective continues with screenings celebrating the 25th anniversary of Do the Right Thing on June 27 in Los Angeles at the Bing Theater and June 29 in New York, with more films running through July at the Bing Theater and the Linwood Dunn Theater.

Kermit and Scooter have technical difficulties opening the envelope at the 1986 Oscars. Jim Henson to the rescue.

A year after he won for Best Actor, Adrien Brody presented Charlize Theron with the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Monster (2003 film).

Hattie McDaniel being presented  the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “Gone With The Wind” at the 12th Academy Awards in 1940. With this award, presented by Fay Bainter, McDaniel became the first African-American to win the Oscar.

Happy birthday, Prince

Prince winning an Oscar for the song “Purple Rain” in 1985: “This is very unbelievable.”