Designing the stage set for this year’s Oscars and more Academy Awards Week event highlights
Hollywood’s night of nights has once again inspired us with beautiful design concepts to carry across our events this year. Seeing the creativity and design thinking poured into each event concept is truly incredible. The monumental creation that was the set for this year’s 91st Academy Awards was designed by veteran production designer, David Korins – the name behind some of the world’s most mind-blowing sets for big names like Kayne West, Lady Gaga and a whole host of musicals.
In his first year designing the coveted Oscars, Korins designed an asymmetrical proscenium inside the iconic Dolby Theatre using 115 foam blocks.
In a video posted to his Instagram he commented,
“For this year’s Oscars I have designed a world based on the ideas of inclusion and community.
“The design uses warm, welcoming shapes that not only reach out and wrap around the audience towards the viewers at home….
“It is warm, welcome, feminine and a picture of what I want the world to be.”
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Thank you to everyone who reached out with such kind & supportive messages about my design for the Academy Awards. I’ve never had a response like that to anything I’ve ever done. The last several days have been beautiful, overwhelming and humbling. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. ♥️ #oscars
As with every great event, continually designing new experiences is key to keeping audiences engaged – whether they are tangible or not. And the stakes were high with the whole Western world watching and Hollywood’s A-Listers in attendance – a simple curtain change will not suffice.
Over the course of the 4 hour long awards night (give or take), the set morphed into 15 different looks all based around the hero installation of the “asymmetric portal” – from a concept using 40,000 roses in the shapes of ribbons to a look of waterfall-like strands made from 41,000 Swarovski crystals right through to the gold-leaf covered Oscar statues.
The final result was magnificent.
In an interview with Architectural Digest in the lead up to the show, Korins explained,
“I really wanted to find something that felt organic and natural and iconic and elegant,” Korins says. “[Roses] obviously have an implicit warmth, an elegance. We’ve seen them in red carpets and we’ve seen them in fashion shows and parties, but I had never seen them in award shows, and I felt like they could deliver such a deep and rich texture.”
Photo Credit: Valerie Macon via BizBash
It took a team of 15 people over 2,100 hours to create the four Swarovski crystal designs. Using lighting of warm colours and other gold, champagne-coloured textural elements allowed a traditionally cold object like crystal to fit naturally into the warm and welcoming concept.
“The most important thing is to deliver on an aesthetic that helps not only bind the entire ceremony together, but also pushes viewers to think beyond what they’re seeing onscreen.” David Korins, in an interview with Architectural Digest
The “Crystal Cloud” Photo Credit: David Korins via Architectural Digest.
Before entering Korins’s magical stage set, presenters, performers and winners were welcomed into an Under The Sea themed green room, sponsored by Rolex for the fourth time. Guests entered the backstage room through a bronze door resembling a boat hatch. Once inside, the interior was lined with vivid underwater scenes backlit to create a dramatic, lifelike feel. The concept was bought to life using an oceanic blue colour palette, round-edged and textured soft furnishings which resembled coral life and waves, with the walls and ceiling featuring laser cut-outs of coral backlit with blues and gold. The space was produced by Event Eleven in collaboration with Warner Bros. Design Studio.
Rolex Oscars Green Room, Photo Credit: Bart Michaels via BizBash
Following all the action from the main awards ceremony, guests were ushered onto the next glamorous affair, the annual Governors Ball. For 30 consecutive years, Sequoia Productions have been the name behind the prestigious event and this year was no different.
Hosted at Hollywood & Highland in the Ray Dolby Ballroom, the 1,500 guests were immersed in another decadent concept paying homage to global cinema showcasing iconic movie moments. This year’s look was based on a colour palette of black, merlot and Oscar inspired gold with styling elements that spoke to the old movie-theatre feel and warm lighting design to give it that air of elegance.
Photo Credit: Jerry Hayes Photography via BizBash
Centrepieces were created in collaboration with Mark’s Garden, using 10,000 red tulips, burgundy roses, mauve orchids and dark calla lilies. The 400 floral arrangements were displayed around the ballroom in beautiful ornate gold vases.
Photo Credit: Jerry Hayes Photography via BizBash
Designing your own Oscars-inspired Awards Night Gala
It’s easy to understand why an opulent Oscars themed event is popular each year. Encore Event Technologies has delivered incredible gold and red rose laden events inspired by the Academy Awards for a number of local and international corporate events. Layering rich gold textures and soft furnishings with metallic votives and vibrant red flower arrangements is key to achieving the look. Below is an example our Sydney team created for a hotel awards night.
Our production team also specialises in creative stage set design and has in-house capabilities to design real-life 3D renders to help you show your our vision rather than tell it. If you’re looking for an award-winning event production team that can deliver your event from end to end, get in touch with our team today to start discussing the possibilities. The earlier you bring our team on board in your event planning process, the better. Let our experienced teams help guide all of your production decisions to maximise your ROI and outcomes – call Encore on 1800 209 099 or send an online enquiry.