Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Oscar winning and nominated costumes on display at Universal Studios Hollywood...

There's always something interesting to see at the NBC Universal Experience exhibit at Universal Studios Hollywood, but I have to say the archivists have outdone themselves this time with some real treasures on display yesterday, including costumes from three of the five Oscar nominated films for Best Costume Design from the 85th Academy Awards.

Original Universal Studios movie costumes and props
Original Universal Studios movie costumes props
Universal Studios movie costume exhibit
Universal Studios fantasy scifi movie exhibit
Oscar winning costumes
There were fabulous Oscar-winning gowns from Anna Karenina worn by Keira Knightley and designed by Jacqueline Durran, the gorgeous Medieval coronation dress worn by Kristen Stewart as the titular heroine in Snow White & The Huntsman and not to forget Anne Hathway's raggedy 'Fantine' dress worn by the winner of the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her outstanding role in Les Misérables.

Back to the Future DeLorean movie car on display
Back to the Future DeLorean car
Another showpiece of the ever-changing exhibit which made me giddy with excitement was the original DeLorean 'hero' car used in the Back to the Future trilogy, plus fantastic costumes, props, blueprints and storyboards from the movies too.
Fast & Furious 6 movie cars on display
Fast Furious 6 movie cars
Speaking of cars, if you're a fan of muscle and sports cars then you should also check out these movie cars featured in Fast & Furious 6, alongside a Madame Tussauds waxwork of Vin Diesel, which can be currently found in the Upper Lot of the theme park.

Concept sketches, models and props on display
NBC Universal Experience exhibit
Car Wash movie sign plan
Back in the Lower Lot attraction there were also lots of behind-the-scenes concept sketches and design blueprints from famous films, plus original props and models, like these stop-motion animation puppets from ParaNorman
 and more besides.

ParaNorman stop-motion animation exhibit
ParaNorman stopmotion animation exhibit
Stick around in the days to come to see even more movie memorabilia from this historic treasure trove up close, including:

Oscar-winning opera gowns worn by Keira Knightley and Ruth Wilson in Anna Karenina
Paco Delgado's Oscar-nominated Fantine dress from Les Misérables worn by Anne Hathaway
Colleen Atwood Oscar
-nominated coronation dress from Snow White & The Hunstman worn by Kristen Stewart
Roy Scheider's police uniform and concept sketches from Jaws
Golden Army Egg prop from Hellboy 2
Cheerleader outfit from Fast Times at Ridgemont Hiigh
Alexander Skarsgård's Navy uniform and missile prop from Battleship
Erykah Badu's Queen Mousette dress from Blues Brothers 2000
Eminem rap battle costume from 8 Mile
Merc ship miniature from The Chronicles of Riddick
Will Ferrell's costume and soccer trophy from Kicking & Screaming
Assassin weapon props from Wanted

As a little tease of things to come I'll leave you with this original prop featured in 2011's thriller Hanna, which starred Saoirse Ronan as a teenager raised to be the perfect assassin by her father Eric Bana.

Actual transponder prop from Hanna on display
Hanna transponder movie prop
Hanna transponder film prop
This is the transponder which allows the CIA to find the rogue agent and his daughter in the wilds of Finland.

I'm excited to share all these discoveries with you so stay tuned for more Hollywoodland magic.

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