DAVID ROCKWELL, for his imaginative stage design at the 81st Annual Academy Awards. According to director Danny Boyle, the internationally acclaimed architect and designer's stage creation was “bloody beautiful." And it was. Bravo!
David Rockwell’s design marks the first time an architect has been tapped for the honor. His intent was to craft an immersive environment evocative of an intimate club and his proscenium curtain design made of more than 100,000 crystals did just that.
“We created a spatial and architectural solution for the 2009 Oscars that is based on storytelling, spectacle, and community,” explained David Rockwell, founder and CEO of Rockwell Group. “We wanted to use a surprising and dramatic integration of technology and movement to celebrate the awards ceremony, which has become one of the greatest shared rituals of our time.”
Rockwell also set the stage with his innovative use of five LED screens that transformed and reconfigured to show movie clips and montages throughout the show. It was both brilliant and beautiful. A job well done for Mr. David Rockwell and his amazing team of designers.