The Stage Wins an Award.

The Oscar should have gone to this year’s production designer, David Rockwell, for the award show’s gorgeous set at the Kodak Theatre. Last night, the place was embellished in glitter, crystal, glass mirrors, crushed velvet, silver and gold leaf. It reminded me of a classy 1940’s big band night club with white gloves and cigarette service. It was a hark back to Hollywood’s heydey which served as the perfect backdrop to this years A-listers and award winners.

Scaled model of last nights Oscar set.

Scaled model of last nights Oscar set.

Circles, ovals, rectangles and linear lines seemed to be patterns of the night. At least a dozen key design elements were used to convey different looks throughout the evening, all keeping in line with the overall design of the stage set. The most eye-catching feature is the return of the Swarovski crystal curtain embellished with topaz and bronze bling to create a smokiness and emphasize the silhouette and shape of the theatre and stage.

Rendnering for Oscar stage

Rendnering for Oscar stage

Multiple presentation areas on stage quickly transformed to allow for simultaneous action with three circular turntables spaced out from one another, each enclosed by curved walls. On this night, it was all about the audience which is why David Rockwell once again (also masterminded last years stage) tore out the seats in the front half of the theater and replaced them with supper club-like seating, midnight blue carpet and 150 tiny crystal lamps. The glow was beautiful and the cozy factor created a more intimate feeling for the lucky stage-front guests and award winners. Hooray Sandra Bullock (LOVED The Proposal by the way) and the amazing cast and production team for Hurt Locker.

Although David Rockwell has become a familiar figure in Hollywood for his classic sets for the Oscars, this Interior Design Hall of Famer’s projects also range from the original Nobu to the Pittsburgh Steelers Stadium. Now he can add a NYC hotel to his growing list – Andaz Wall Street.

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