Oscars switch from sparkly look to flowing, organic production design
After several years of bringing out the sparkles for Hollywood’s biggest night, the Oscars production design went in a different, flowing direction this year — with a look that emphasized organic shapes with hints of sharp angles borrowed from the logotype — and less of an emphasis on the namesake statuette.
Although ABC’s promos and key art for the Oscars included a glassy pink-violet-blue rendering of the statuette, the actual motion graphics used stuck mostly in the gold and blue families.
The stage surround, which as for several years been created using elaborate configurations of Swarovski crystals, was swapped out this year for an undulating, flowing, organic look that conjured imagery of ice flows and natural cave and rock formations.
Production designer David Korins created the updated look. Korins’ other credits include “Hamilton,” “Grease Live!” and “Dear Evan Hansen.”
Wrapping around the entire proscenium, the structural elements also “flowed” off stage into some of the lower box-style units on either side of the stage.
Lighting effects could shift the look from various shades of gold and platinum to more frosty blues.
Almost completely absent from the production design for the stage were the Oscar figurines and cutouts that have been used, to varying degrees, over the past few telecasts. Instead, most imagery of the iconic trophy were relegated to the awards themselves — and spot uses in the graphics and logo.
The design also relied less on on-stage LED panels, unlike previous telecasts.