Swarovski at the Oscars® - A Decade of Collaboration

Swarovski at the Oscars® - A Decade of Collaboration: 2017 - 89th Academy Awards® Stage
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Swarovski as Seen on Stage: A Look at Swarovski


  • This year Swarovski celebrates a decade of creating crystal stage décor for the Oscars
  • 2017 marks production designer Derek McLane's 5th year designing the look of the show, which includes over 300,000 Swarovski crystals
  • McLane created a new focal piece for the 2017 Oscars stage, comprised of 11 individual decorative sections with a total of nearly 150,000 Swarovski crystals
  • Additional crystal décor pieces include:
    • Crystal Proscenium - 37,000 Swarovski crystals layered over a gold backdrop
    • Crystal Curtain - 80' x 40' curtain including 320 individual Swarovski crystal strands with a total 80,000 Swarovski crystals
    • Crystal Closedown Wall - 80' x 40' wall comprised of 149 individual panels with a total of 22,200 Swarovski crystals
    • Crystal Opera Box Covers - 18 Dolby Theatre opera boxes covered in a total of 23,500 Swarovski crystals

2017 - 89th Academy Awards®
Production Designer: Derek McLane
Host: Jimmy Kimmel

Celebrating his fifth year as production designer, Derek McLane will adorn the Oscars® stage with more than 300,000 Swarovski crystals incorporated into more than 30 set pieces. The 2017 set will include a brand new focal piece for the stage, comprised of 11 individual components that feature nearly 150,000 crystals.

2016 - 88th Academy Awards
Production Designer: Derek McLane
Host: Chris Rock

In his fourth year, McLane's set included a new crystal proscenium containing more than 37,000 crystals and weighing over 20,000 lbs. Almost 10,700 crystals embellished torchieres for the Weeknd's performance of the Oscar® nominated song "Earned It" from the film 50 Shades of Grey.
2016 - 88th Academy Awards Stage
 
2015 - 87th Academy Awards
Production Designer: Derek McLane
Host: Neil Patrick Harris

Using nearly 100,000 crystals, Derek McLane created 22 different pieces for the 2015 set. McLane also created a "crystal forest" backdrop which was featured during Jennifer Hudson's performance of "I Can't Let Go" after the show's In Memoriam montage, as well as during Rita Ora's performance of the Oscar nominated song "Grateful" from the film Beyond the Lights.
2015 - 87th Academy Awards
   
2014 - 86th Academy Awards
Production Designer: Derek McLane
Host: Ellen Degeneres

Using more than 64,000 crystals, Derek McLane introduced 6 crystal "swag drapes" which appeared during Idina Menzel's performance of the Oscar winning song "Let It Go" from the Oscar nominated film Frozen.
2014 - 86th Academy Awards
   
2013 - 85th Academy Awards
Production Designer: Derek McLane and Costume Designer: Julie Weiss
Host: Seth MacFarlane

In 2013, Derek McLane incorporated over 80,000 crystals into a curtain which was featured during the show and as the backdrop for Adele's performance of the Oscar winning song "Skyfall" from the film Skyfall. McLane also used over 23,000 crystals to decorate the Dolby Theatre's 18 opera boxes.

Costume designer Julie Weiss incorporated more than 1,000,000 crystals into the performance looks for the James Bond 50th anniversary tribute.
2013 - 85th Academy Awards
   
2012 - 84th Academy Awards®
Production Designer: John Myhre
Host: Billy Crystal

In 2012, John Myhre created a 40-foot high by 70-foot wide crystal "star field" curtain, which twinkled with nearly 4,500 Swarovski crystals.
2012 - 84th Academy Awards®
   
2011 - 83rd Academy Awards
Production Designer: Steve Bass
Hosts: James Franco and Anne Hathaway

Steve Bass' 2011 stage designs featured a total of 55,000 Swarovski crystals, seen in embellished risers, steps, and a starburst-inspired crystal "winners circle."
2011 - 83rd Academy Awards
   
2010 - 82nd Academy Awards
Production Designer: David Rockwell
Hosts: Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin

In 2010, Rockwell introduced an updated version of his crystal proscenium from the previous year, which included crystal side curtains and a crystal swing containing an additional 3,000 crystals.
2010 - 82nd Academy Awards
   
2009 - 81st Academy Awards
Production Designer: David Rockwell
Host: Hugh Jackman

Dolby Theatre architect David Rockwell created a 60-foot high by 100-foot wide crystal proscenium with over 100,000 Swarovski crystals. The proscenium weighed in at 3 tons and was comprised of over 6,000 one-meter hand crafted crystal strands.
2009 - 81st Academy Awards
   
2007 - 79th Academy Awards
Production Designer: J. Michael Riva
Host: Ellen Degeneres

In 2007, J. Michael Riva created a 1-ton, 34-foot high crystal curtain sparkling with over 50,000 Swarovski crystals for the medley of Oscar® nominated songs from the film Dreamgirls, performed by Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose, and Keith Robinson.
2007 - 79th Academy Awards

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