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Crystals, swirls and circles make up the futuristic backdrop for the 94th Annual Academy Awards, which will be held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and aired Sunday, March 27 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
And despite the ornate construction of the glossy platform, designed by set designer and creative director David Korins, 45, social media sharpshooters hastily fired critical jokes and taunts at the Oscars stage’s otherworldly look.
“The Oscars are set in this one door in Poseidon’s Fury this year,” teased a Twitter kidder, referring to a wild attraction at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Fla. Other digital critics complained that screenshots of the set “dizzy.”
“Oscars 2022 set design. I wish I could be in the audience, but I am not a member of Starfleet‘ wrote another Joker. The mockery mirrored the confused feelings of another tweeter, who hilariously asked, “What the heck star trek is that?”, when People released exclusive photos of the set design on Thursday.
The cyber shadow notwithstanding, Korins — who previously graced the Oscars stage in 2019 and designed sets for superstars like Kanye West, 44, and Lady Gaga, 35, — says his avant-garde Oscars setting is meant to give audiences a throw A glimpse of a post-pandemic paradise.
“We’ve created a portal that looks to the future,” says Korins said Architectural Digest after describing the COVID-19 pandemic crisis as an “indelible, insane, upside-down, insane experience.”
He went on to say that his ornate Oscar adornment “has to do with an incredibly deep and incredibly forward-thinking kind of future perspective. In this future we trade the currency of elegance and electricity.”
The shimmering set is made up of over 90,000 Swarovski crystals that sparkle with the brilliance of 120,000 pixel LED lights and 5,000 linear feet of LED tape.
“Every single piece of scenery on stage has a light within it,” Korins explained of the spherical magnum opus. “It kind of glows from within.”
The base of his ultra-modern masterpiece will also extend from the front of the auditorium into the audience – a feature of the stage that Korins hopes will create a “sense of community” between the evening’s winners, presenters, performers and audience .
“You can see we pushed the stage into the audience; It’s literally the first time ever at Dolby that we’ve graced a large segment of the audience,” the artist said. “We created a real community around the winning circle and the venue.”
“People use that term immersive and eco-friendly, but this is really an opportunity for people to be included in the community,” Korins added. “It becomes undeniable when you see a winner receive an award and their peers will wrap their heads around them.”
And he hopes that his innovative craft will ultimately shine as a symbol of optimism.
“I’m actually trying to create something with the design that feels complex yet economical and kind of bright and hopeful,” he said.
“Let’s shine a big, huge beacon of hope in this powerful moment for all of us to experience, and let’s find that light and then magnify it.”
https://nypost.com/2022/03/25/twitter-compares-oscars-stage-to-star-trek-making-me-dizzy/ Twitter compares Oscar stage to “Star Trek”: “I get dizzy”