Tuesday, February 19, 2013

For Your Consideration

This Sunday, February 24th marks the 85th Annual Academy Awards and of course, one of the many awards I look forward to are those in the Best Art Direction category. From the fantasy worlds of Pi and Baggins to the period interiors of Russia, France and the Lincoln White House, they represent the best in set designs for 2012. For a quick tour, see my article in Architectural Digest here.

Architectural Digest will also host the Oscar Greenroom, the ubiquitous spot where winners, nominees and presenters go to relax in between awards. Designed this year by AD100 designer Madeline Stuart, the Art Deco inspired room pays homage to the legendary trend-setting art director Cedric Gibbons who was considered one of the most influential men in film. During his 32 year tenure at MGM, he oversaw 150 productions including Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz (he is actually credited on 1500 films) and was responsible for the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne styles of films during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Married to the very glamorous actress Dolores Del Rio, one of his most famous creations was the design of the Oscar statuette. You can read more of writer Mitch Owen's piece here.

Ian Espinoza rendering of Madeline Stuart's designs for the Oscar Greenroom

Dolores Del Rio and Cedric Gibbons at their home in the Santa Monica Mountains

Happy Oscar week! It's Hollywood's Super Bowl and Fashion Week all rolled into one. And personally, I can't wait until the Bond Tribute and songs by Shirley Bassey.

Photo Credits: MGM, Focus Features, Madeline Stuart/Architectural Digest