How the Oscars Incorporated 90,000 Swarovski Crystals into Ceremony Staging

The 94th Academy Awards returns to the Dolby Theater this Sunday and Swarovski has partnered with the Emmy Award-winning creative director and designer David Korin (“Hamilton”, “Dear Evan Hansen”) to provide 90,000 Swarovski crystals for the scenography.

Perhaps the most dazzling aspect of Korins’ staging is the crystal curtain, made from Swarovski crystals. “The beauty of working with Swarovski crystals is that you use them as they are. They sparkle and sparkle the way you want them to,” says Korins Variety. “With Swarovski crystals there is no need for scenic enhancements, what you want to do is accentuate what they are already meant to do, which is to capture and reflect light beautifully. .”

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Korins’ set design will also include a dome, two floating orbs illuminated with strands of Swarovski crystals, and a swirling design. Producers Will Packer and Shayla Cowan wanted a fun, modern design.

Korins wanted the set design to have an aesthetic based on inclusivity, community, and a world that boldly and unabashedly shines with positivity from within. He said: “Our design is incredibly forward-looking and feels positive and light-emitting. It’s fair, bold, muscular, and it’s masculine and it’s feminine.

A three-time Tony nominee, Korins won an Emmy for his work on “Grease Live” in 2016 and also designed the set for the 2019 Oscars. For this year’s stage, Korins assembled an all-star team of art directors , illustrators, and artisans to add bold gestures of “things that felt implicitly dynamic with an immersive feel.”

Elsewhere, Korins incorporated LEDs to create an optical illusion of shape and depth on his stage.

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Korins hopes its immersive and compelling design will invite viewers to sit down, peruse and invest in a visual world about hope, unity and solidarity – tying in with the show’s theme “cinephiles unite”.

As previously announced, fans were allowed to vote on their favorite movie of the year on Twitter to help attract more viewers and make the Oscars deliver a more user-friendly experience for the audience. As part of the effort, a special award, dubbed the Oscars Fan Favorite Award, will be handed out on Sunday.

“It just helps augment what is already a show of elevating the best in community building,” Packer said in a Thursday press conference of the fan-favorite award. “It creates a two-way dialogue and is more inclusive because the Oscars have always felt so stuffy and so one percented.”

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. – Credit: Linda Pianigiani

Linda Pianigiani

Korins acknowledged that this year the ceremony is different. “As creators, we have the opportunity to invent the narrative of the evening…this show is even more poignant,” Korins said. “I want to recognize that in the environment of the series, I felt important.”

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