Monday, November 3, 2008

David Rockwell to Design Oscar Set

Each fall, from around Thanksgiving through Christmas, many of the best movies of the year are in theatres because the industry believe this gives them a better chance of winning an Academy Award. When the nominations are out early next year we will be covering the Oscars for design categories like Costume, Art Direction, Animation, etc.

But the news right now is that David Rockwell has been chosen to design the fabulous set for the 81st Academy Awards that will be broadcast by ABC on Feb. 22.

Rockwell has never designed a set for the Oscars but is familiar with the Academy's venue, since his design firm, the Rockwell Group, designed the Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center where the awards ceremony is held.

Rockwell Group's credits include set design for the upcoming Broadway productions "Catch Me If You Can" and "Houdini," as well as the sets for the stage productions of "Hairspray," "Legally Blonde," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and "The Rocky Horror Show." The firm also did production design work for the 2004 film "Team America: World Police."

The Rockwell Group is the 2008 recipient of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Interior Design. Their other projects have included a freestanding building for Cirque du Soleil at Walt Disney World in Florida; the Elinor Bunin-Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center in New York, and the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, scheduled to open in 2009.

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