Thursday, November 17, 2011

Oscars 2012: John Myhre named production designer

Another key position has been named for next year's Oscars telecast. John Myhre was named production designer for the 84th Academy Awards, producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced Thursday. This will be the first time working on the Oscars for the Academy Award-winning production designer.

"John is a prolific production designer, who has created some of the most intriguing sets that we've ever seen," said Grazer and Mischer. "His cinematic perspective will be a great contribution to our team dynamic and the show itself."

Myhre won Art Direction Oscars category in 2002 for "Chicago" and in 2005 for "Memoirs of a Geisha." He has three additional nominations for his work on "Elizabeth" (1998), "Dreamgirls" (2006) and "Nine" (2009). Myhre's other production design credits include "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," "Wanted," "Ali" and "X-Men."

One of the biggest challenges for the Oscars production designer is creating the set for the Kodak Theatre stage, one of our favorite parts of the ceremony.

Previous production designers include Steve Bass this past year and David Rockwell, who has designed the ceremony for two years before Bass and won a 2010 Emmy for his work.

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