The Gold Knight exclusively reports that Derek McLane will return as production designer for the 88th Academy Awards telecast for the fourth year.
The Oscars stage design is one of our favorite parts of the show — always new and inventive on such a large scale.
In a reply to a question we asked co-producer Reginald Hudlin on Twitter, The Gold Knight can now exclusively report that Derek McLane will return as production designer for the 88th Academy Awards telecast.
McLane was first hired for the 85th Academy Awards in 2013 by then-Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
The Tony Award-winning production designer has added more awards to his name since taking on the Oscars gig.
Last January, 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. He is up for the same award on Jan. 31 for the Oscars and his work on "The Wiz Live."
In August of 2014, 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.
The Gold Knight wrote a post in February about why McLane's designs were winning awards, calling them "damn good."
Take a peek at some of the stunning set designs McLane has created for the three most recent Oscar telecasts.
McLane has designed a plethora of sets, several of which have been nominated for Tony Awards. He received four nominations and won Best Scenic Design of a Play in 2009 for his work on "33 Variations." McLane's other Broadway credits include "The Heiress," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," Gore Vidal's "The Best Man," "Follies, "Anything Goes," "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," "Grease and "I Am My Own Wife."
Here are some examples of McLane's work, from his portfolio on his website:
The set for "Into the Woods," Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theater in 2015.
The set for "Beautiful, the Carole King Musical," in 2014.
The set for "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," a play that opened its limited Broadway run in 2011 and featured Robin Williams in the title roles.
The set for "Ragtime," for which he was nominated for a 2010 Tony in scenic design of a musical.
The set for "33 Variations," for which McLane won a Tony in 2009 for scenic design of a play.
John Myhre, who won an Art Direction Oscar in 2002 for "Chicago," designed the 84th Academy Awards. Steve Bass and David Rockwell have also been past Oscars production designers. Rockwell won an Emmy in 2010 for his work.
The 88th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2015, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.