There is a reason Oscars production design Derek McLane is winning awards for his work on the 2014 ceremony: His designs are damn good.
There is a reason Oscars production designer Derek McLane is winning awards for his work on the 2014 ceremony: His designs are damn good.
On Jan. 31, McLane won for his Oscars production design at the 19th Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards. The category was Awards or Event Special.
In August, at the Primetime Emmy Awards, McLane won for Outstanding Art Direction for Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Programming. He shared the honor with art directors Joe Celli and Gloria Lamb.
We can't wait to see what McLane comes up with this year.
Giving insight into some of the thought behind the designs, ceremony producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron told Entertainment Weekly that it can be about timing. Making a female presenter with heels and a ball gown walk down a grand staircase to the podium can eat up a lot of time.
Audience members might notice presenters walk less, being revealed behind a sliding set piece or a rising curtain. The point is to save precious time, according to Zadan and Meron.
RELATED: Read a full interview with McLane from New York Post.
In anticipation of this year's ceremony on Feb. 22, here is a look at some of McLane's excellent designs from the 86th Academy Awards last year:
Here is a video from Swarovski, which provided its signature crystals for elements of the design:
We can only imagine that McLane will team up with Swarovski to make it an eighth year of collaboration between the Oscars and the iconic crystal company.
As for this year, we'll have to wait until Sunday to see what McLane has come up with.
#Oscars production designer @derekmclane 's empty office He's at the #Dolby building sets @TheAcademy @craigzadan pic.twitter.com/ZCPQ53tzSd
— Neil Meron (@neilmeron) February 6, 2015
The 87th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2014, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.