The Gold Knight: Derek McLane set to design Oscars ceremonyWritten by James A. Molnar | The Gold Knight | firstname.lastname@example.org
A Tony Award-winning production designer will get the chance to design Oscar’s stage come February. Derek McLane will serve as production designer for the 85th Academy Awards telecast, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Oct. 24.
This will be McLane’s first time designing the Oscars set and ceremony, which will be seen around the world in more than 225 countries.
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:
One of the biggest challenges for the Oscars production designer is creating the set for the Dolby Theatre stage, one of our favorite parts of the ceremony.
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.
In other other Oscars news…
After a stint this past year as a consultant, Danette Herman is back in charge as coordinating producer for the 85th Oscars, producers announced Oct. 22.
“Danette has just the right combination of relationships and instincts for the job,” said Zadan and Meron in a statement. “We are extremely pleased that she has agreed to be a part of the 85th Academy Awards team.”
Herman has been associated with the Academy Awards for almost four decades. Her most recent credits include co-producer of 64th Primetime Emmy Awards and will again serve as coordinating producer for “The Kennedy Center Honors” in December. She has also worked on the Academy’s Governors Awards and “Stand Up to Cancer.”
McLane and Herman are added to the growing list of behind-the-scenes people helping put together the 85th ceremony. Michael B. Seligman was named supervising producer on Oct. 15. Seth MacFarlane was named host and face of the Oscars telecast on Oct. 1.
The 85th Academy Awards are Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, airing locally on 13abc.
Toledo Free Press Lead Designer and Film Editor James A. Molnar blogs about all things Oscar at TheGoldKnight.com. Watch him discuss movies on “WNWO Today” around 5:50 a.m. on Fridays. Also, listen to James discuss movies on “Eye on Your Weekend” on 1370 WSPD every Friday at 6 p.m.