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Be Amazed by the 2018 Oscars’ 45 Million Swarovsky Crystals StageThursday 1 March 2018
Be Amazed by the 2018 Oscars‘ 45 Million Swarovski Crystals Stage – There’s no night like the Oscars night. We just love everything! The host (Jimmy Kimmel), the red carpet looks, the award show and… the stage. Every year we’re fascinated by the stage design, but nothing can (or should be) compared to this year’s one. Scenic designer Derek McLane took on the challenge to design this year’s stage, and he nailed it. Can you imagine a 45 million Swarovski crystal stage? We couldn’t believe it either. Stick with CovetED Magazine and find out more!
Scenic designer Derek McLane might not have an Oscar himself (yet), but he’s no stranger to the Academy Awards. For the sixth year in a row, the Tony- and Emmy-winning designer has been called upon by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to design the stage for Hollywood’s biggest celebration. This year’s ceremony is particularly notable—it’s the 90th anniversary—so McLane has created dozens of brand-new elements to delight the audience.
Rather than focusing on a historic design movement, like he did for last year’s Art Deco–themed stage, McLane went for a more abstract look this year. “It’s more about reflectivity and light, than it is about a particular period,” he notes. And while there are certain designs that reflect the past, there’s also a sense of the future: “I think that what I’ve done feels pretty modern and forward-looking.” Here, we’re bringing you a first look at McLane’s 2018 Oscars stage.
The proscenium, which is the arch surrounding the stage in front of the curtain, is a brand-new design this year—and perhaps McLane’s favorite element of the show. “It feels a little bit like a geode, or a kind of sculpture made out of crushed glass,” he says. When producers Mike De Luca and Jennifer Todd asked the designer to do the show again this year, the proscenium was the first design he conceived.
The end result is this dazzling faceted piece decorated with a staggering 45 million Swarovski crystals. (For comparison, last year’s proscenium only had 27,120 crystals.) He then expanded upon the crystalline structure for the other pieces on the stage you see here, flattening them into more abstracted, two-dimensional forms that have a bit of an Art Deco flair to them.
For this set, McLane nods back at Hollywood’s glamorous history. “These mirrored arches have a little bit of a Hollywood regency flavor, and the capitals have an almost Egyptian Deco flavor to them.” Crystal chandeliers hang from them in grand style, and the elements are repeated on the giant LED screen behind the stage. With digital projections, McLane notes, “you can kind of trick the eye into seeing something that you can’t just build on the stage.” He worked on these digital elements with screens producer Raj Kapoor, who riffed on McLane’s sketches to create a cohesive look. “You wouldn’t be able to do a set just virtually because the cameras are constantly moving. The TV audience can sense the three-dimensionality of objects,” observes McLane.
“Hopefully, if we do our job well, you won’t really be able to tell the difference between virtual and built!”
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Source: Architectural Digest
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