It’s Oscar-y trying!
Crystals, swirls and circles make up the fiercely futuristic set design of the 94th Academy Awards ceremony, which will probably be held on the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and is about to air Sunday, March 27 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
And, regardless of the clever development of the gleaming platform, crafted by scenic designer and inventive director David Korins, 45, social media sharpshooters unexpectedly fired off essential jokes and gibes concerning the Oscar stage’s otherworldly look.
“The Oscars this year is set in that one door in Poseidon’s Fury,” teased a Twitter kidder, referencing a wild walkthrough attraction on the Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida. Other digital detractors complained that screenshots of the set had been making them “dizzy.”
“Oscars 2022 set design. Wish I could sit in the audience, but I’m not a member of Starfleet,” penned one other joker. The jeer echoed the confused sentiments of a separate tweeter who hilariously questioned, “What in the Star Trek is this?,” when People launched unique pictures of the set design Thursday.
The cyber shade however, Korins — who’s beforehand adorned the Academy Awards stage in 2019, and has designed units for the famous person likes of Kanye West, 44, and Lady Gaga, 35 — says his avant-garde Oscars surroundings is supposed to offer audiences a peek at a post-pandemic paradise.
“We have made a portal that looks into the future,” Korins told Architectural Digest after referring to the COVID-19 pandemic disaster as an “indelible, insane, upside down, crazy experience.”
He went on to say that his ornate Oscars ornamentation “has to do with an incredibly deep and incredibly forward-thinking sort of future-forward view. In that future, we trade in the currency of elegance and electricity.”
The shimmering set boasts over 90,000 Swarovski crystals that may twinkle with the brilliance of 120,000 pixels of LED lights and 5,000 linear toes of LED tape.
“Every single piece of scenery on stage has a light inside of it,” defined Korins of the orb-shaped magnum opus. “It kind of glows from within.”
The base of his ultramodern masterpiece will even prolong from the entrance of the auditorium into the viewers — a function of the stage Korins hopes will create a “sense of community” between the evening’s winners, presenters, performers and the group.
“You can see that we’ve pushed the stage out into the audience; literally, it’s the first time ever in the Dolby where we’ve decked over a large part of the audience,” stated the artist. “We’ve created an actual community around the winner circle and around the performance space.”
“People use that term immersive and environmental all the time, but this is truly an opportunity where people will be engulfed in the community,” Korins added. “It will become undeniable when you see a winner receiving an award and their peers are going to be wrapping around them.”
And he’s hopeful his progressive handiwork will in the end shine as a logo of optimism.
“I’m trying with the design to actually make something that feels complex and yet spare and kind of glowing and hopeful,” he stated.
“Let’s cast a big, huge beacon of hope on this powerful moment that we all get to experience, and let’s find that light, and then let’s supersize it.”