What It’s Like to Shoot Backstage At the Oscars

Tonight, USA TODAY staff photographer Robert Hanashiro (the founder of SportsShooter) will be covering the Academy Awards with his camera for the 26th time, and for the 10th time he’ll have rare backstage access. Only 4 news organizations were given this level of access, allowing them to capture moments that TV cameras can’t.

In the 3-minute video above, Hanashiro shares a little about what it’s like to work as one of the chosen backstage photographers.

To commemorate his 26th year of covering the awards, Hanashiro shared some of his favorite backstage images on his Instagram account

Lupita Nyong’o after winning best supporting actress:

A photo posted by Robert Hanashiro (@kahunabert) on Feb 19, 2015 at 12:30pm PST

Matthew McConaughey after winning best actor with Jennifer Lawrence:

A photo posted by Robert Hanashiro (@kahunabert) on Feb 19, 2015 at 12:33pm PST

A tearful Marion Cotillard is hugged by Forest Whitaker backstage following winning the Oscar for best actress:

A photo posted by Robert Hanashiro (@kahunabert) on Feb 19, 2015 at 12:41pm PST

Tom Hanks claps as Sandra Bullock walks by after winning the best actress Oscar:

A photo posted by Robert Hanashiro (@kahunabert) on Feb 19, 2015 at 12:59pm PST

Jack Nicholson watches Martin Scorsese deliver his speech during 79th annual Academy Awards:

A photo posted by Robert Hanashiro (@kahunabert) on Feb 19, 2015 at 1:13pm PST

Gwyneth Paltrow gets her hair sprayed before taking stage to present best cinematography Oscar during the 79th annual Academy:

A photo posted by Robert Hanashiro (@kahunabert) on Feb 19, 2015 at 1:14pm PST

Helen Mirren leaves the stage with her best actress Oscar during the 79th annual Academy Awards:

A photo posted by Robert Hanashiro (@kahunabert) on Feb 19, 2015 at 1:15pm PST

Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes a selfie with Emma Watson backstage at the 86th annual Academy Awards:

A photo posted by Robert Hanashiro (@kahunabert) on Feb 19, 2015 at 1:21pm PST

Last month, we shared a similar USA TODAY video on what it’s like to cover the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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