Movieland Mystery Photo – Academy Awards Edition [Updated +++]

Movieland Mystery Photo

I went into the archives at the Daily Mirror HQ for a special Academy Awards edition of mystery photos, figuring the Brain Trust would have fun guessing the venue, the year and possibly the mystery person on stage.

[Update: I think nearly everyone identified this as the Music Center at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Dewey Webb got the year – but nobody has identified our mystery guest.]

[Update 2: Please congratulate Dewey Webb and Mary Mallory for identifying our mystery fellow.]

Karl Malden
Our mystery guest is Academy President Karl Malden at the Music Center of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

62nd Academy Awards
Hosted by …  yes, this is Billy Crystal as we remember him. Younger and funnier.

Mystery Photo
And this Academy Award winner would be?

Alan Menken

[This mystery winner was identified by Dewey Webb, Mary Mallory and Karen.]

Mystery Photo

And this mystery winner would be?


[Update: Our mystery fellows Franco Cristaldi and Guiseppi Tornatore were identified by Karen and Dewey Webb. Congratulations!]

Mystery Photo -- Academy Awards

Here’s another Academy Awards mystery photo.

Want a hint? OK.

Mystery Photo

And our mystery venue is?

Robert Wise
[Update: Please congratulate Mary Mallory and Greg Clancey for identifying the venue and Dewey Webb for identifying the year.]

This is Academy President Robert Wise at Shrine Auditorium.

Mystery Photo

And who can ever forget this Academy Awards? Thank goodness for VHS.

61st Academy Awards

This is the 61st Academy Awards.

61st Academy Awards

Thanks goodness for VHS.

61st Academy Awards
It’s Merv! And he’s singing!

61st Academy Awards

This really happened. This really, really happened. And they’re singing “Proud Mary.” “Cameras keep on rollin’.”

61st Academy Awards

OMG. The tables are dancing.

61st Academy Awards

And this….

61st Academy Awards
It’s Lily Tomlin!

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46 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo – Academy Awards Edition [Updated +++]

  1. Mary Mallory says:

    Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

  2. dewey webb says:

    Dorothy Chandler Pavillion

  3. dewey webb says:

    ceremony held in 1990 (for 1989 films)

  4. Greg Clancey says:

    Johnny Carson at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

  5. Gary says:

    Looks like the time they invited Charlie Chaplin back.

  6. Lee Rivas says:

    Johnny Carson at the Music Center. Which one? I’m working on it.

  7. dewey webb says:

    Ted Cassidy was dead by then so I’ll go with Kevin Kline or Gregory Peck

  8. Jack Valente, Industry spokesperson who ushered in the Rating System to replace the crumbling code.

  9. periwinkle says:

    Well, it looks like the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Chaplin was feted there back in 1972, but would you publish Gary’s answer if it was right? .

  10. Carol Gwenn says:

    Jack Valente? Very possible, and we all know that it’s the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion at the Music Center, so it has to be pre-1999: if I’m not mistaken, that was the last year the Academy Awards ceremony was held at that venue.

  11. dewey webb says:

    Okay, Billy Crystal (Light-colored hair through me.)

  12. Pat van Hartesveldt says:

    The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Who and Where are a mystery at this point.

  13. Pat van Hartesveldt says:

    Oops. I meant Who and When.

  14. Riley says:

    Arturo Toscanini ?

  15. mary mallory says:

    Johnny Carson?

  16. Sarah says:

    It looks like Rober Loggia, who was nominated in 1985 for “The Jagged Edge.” The 1985 Oscars were held in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

  17. sean says:

    Johnny Carson ,Pantages

  18. dewey webb says:

    Akira Kurosawa (final answer!)

  19. dewey webb says:

    Howard Koch

  20. Bartstar says:

    Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – 1996 – Kirk Douglas

  21. Gary Martin says:

    Pantages Theatre 1959 Honorary Oscar to Maurice Chevalier. Of course I’m just guessing.

  22. Mary Mallory says:

    David Niven?

  23. Ed says:

    Dorothy Chandler Pavillion

  24. dewey webb says:

    Alan Menken

  25. clint eastwood 1994 receiving the thalberg award

  26. mary mallory says:

    Alan Menken for LITTLE MERMAID.

  27. dewey webb says:


  28. Karen says:

    Dorothy Chandler Pavillion. 62nd Awards. Telecast in 1990. Best Original Score Oscar presented to Alan Menken for “The Little Mermaid”. Still working on the man we only see from behind.

  29. Gary Martin says:

    Jack Albertson, Best supporting actor, 1969. at the Chandler Pavillion. Still just guessing, altho I suspected Alberston all along.

  30. mary mallory says:

    Is it Karl Malden yesterday?

  31. mary mallory says:

    Waldo Salt?

  32. Karen says:

    It’s Franco Cristaldi, producer of “Cinema Paradiso,” which won Best Foreign Language film in our 62nd Academy Awards along with a very young Giuseppe Tornatore, the film’s director.

  33. dewey webb says:

    Franco Cristaldi and Guiseppi Tornatore

  34. Mary Mallory says:

    Are the Oscars from the bad production number when Allan Carr produced it? And the venue is The Shrine.

  35. dewey webb says:

    Shrine Auditorium

  36. dewey webb says:

    60th Annual Oscars, presented in 1988

  37. Greg Clancey says:

    Shrine Auditorium.

  38. earlgrayer says:

    Cary Grant 1970

  39. mary mallory says:

    Where’s Rob Lowe to sing to her>?

  40. Karen says:

    Life-like Oscars with swords — 60th Academy Awards telecast in 1988 from the Shrine Civic Auditorium. Guessing it’s famed academy award winning director Robert Wise we see from behind at the podium, who was President of the Academy that year.

    Snow White — 61st Academy Awards.

  41. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Although it was condemned as one of the worst Academy Awards openings ever, I loved it! I don’t recall the year, but I do remember Rob Lowe serenading Snow White before she rose high in the air atop her ever-growing skirt, out of which stepped Lily Tomlin who quipped, “I told them I wouldn’t do the Oscars unless I had a really great entrance.”

  42. dewey webb says:

    Eileen Bowman (filling in for first-choice Lorna Luft, who wisely declined)

  43. Diane Ely says:

    Shacheen Littlefeather wearing a different outfit?

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