City Council recognizes Oscar-nominated movies produced in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES - Continuing an annual tradition to promote local filming activity, the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday recognized Oscar-nominated motion pictures that were produced in the city.
Recognized with Made in Hollywood Honors were "Marriage Story," nominated for six Oscars; "Ford v Ferrari," nominated for four Oscars; and "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," nominated for 10 Oscars.
All three films are nominated for best picture.
"Thank you for shooting in Los Angeles. It's what continues to make our economy thrive," Councilman Paul Krekorian said. "You making the decision to stay here, with or without the tax incentive ... it does make a dramatic difference in the lives of thousands and thousands of people."
The California Film Commission allows filmmakers to recoup some expenses on crew salaries and other qualified costs, if they keep the production within the state.
Francois Audouy, a "Ford v. Ferrari" production designer, said the movie would not have been as good as it was had they left Los Angeles to film it.
"We were able to keep the movie in California, and I'm so glad that we did," Audouy said.
The council also honored "Toy Story 4" and "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World," which are both nominated for best animated feature.
Songwriter Diane Warren, an 11-time Oscar-nominee, was given a Made in Hollywood Honors Lifetime Achievement Award for her career in the city.
"For over the past 35 years, Diane Warren has written memorable songs for films, all while based in Los Angeles," according to Councilman Mitch O'Farrell's office.
Her work has included 15 Grammy Award nominations and one win, five Golden Globe Award nominations and one win, a Primetime Emmy Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and 11 Academy Award nominations for best original song, but she has never taken home the Oscar.
"I'd like to thank the Academy -- just kidding," Warren said as she came up to the microphone. "I'm Los Angeles-made, and I would never ever live anywhere else."
This year, Warren is nominated for her song "I'm Standing with You" from the film "Breakthrough."