The 90th Oscars took place last Sunday, celebrating the best achievements in the world of cinema. From the politically-charged moments needed to be said to the emotive speeches, this year that was another element that completely stood out, the glistening 45 million Swarovski crystal stage perfected by scenic designer Derek McLane.
For the sixth year in a row, the prestigious designer was asked by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to design the stage. In order to do justice to this incredible ceremony, McLane created dozens of brand-new elements to delight the audience.
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While last year, the designer opted for an Art Deco themed stage, this year, the designer went for a more abstract notion, explaining, “It’s more about reflectivity and light, than it is about a particular period. I think that what I’ve done feels pretty modern and forward-looking.” The proscenium, which is the arch surrounding the stage in front of the curtain, is a brand-new design this year, and according to McLane, “It feels a little bit like a geode, or a kind of sculpture made out of crushed glass.”
Moreover, McLane nodded back at Hollywood’s glamorous history by incorporating mirrored arches that exude Hollywood Regency, crystal chandeliers hanging in grand style, and a giant LED screen. With digital projections, McLane disclosed, “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.
The end result is this dazzling faceted piece decorated with a staggering 45 million Swarovski 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, enhancing the already delightful atmosphere of the Academy Awards.
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Source: Architectural Digest