Oscars 2012: Backstage as the Show Comes to Life (Exclusive Photos)
5:23 PM PST 2/22/2012 by THR Staff
Images exclusive to THR reveal Billy Crystal's dressing room, props that will be used during the show and a rendering of the green room -- and don't forget all the giant gold statues, on Hollywood's biggest night.
One of the giant Oscars stage props that will be used during the 84th Annual Academy Awards, airing Sunday night on ABC
The view from stage right toward the corridor where scenic props are moved into position.
Take Your Seats
For camera rehearsals, placards mark where the nominees and presenters sit. Merly Streep is nominated for best actress for The Iron Lady. While she holds the record for most acting Academy Award nominations with 17, she has only won twice, the most recent time being in 1982 for Sophie's Choice.
Chris Rock, who hosted the Oscars in 2005, will return to present at this year's show.
Host Billy Crystal
Billy Crystalwas brought in to host the Academy Awards after Eddie Murphy resigned in the wake of producer Brett Ratner's decision to step down after uttering a gay slur. Crystal previously hosted in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2004.
The Green Room
A rendering of the show's green room, where presenters wait before heading on stage, designed by noted designer Waldo Fernandez for Architectural Digest.
Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil will perform during the 84 Academy Awards. The performance will be set to music from Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfman, who wrote the score for the troupe's IRIS, A Journey through the World of Cinema.
Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil will take the stage at the Feb. 26 ceremony with a cast of 50-plus performers from around the world. It will mark a record for Cirque du Soleil: the largest assembly of high-flying, gravity-defying members for a single performance.
A collection of stage manager notebooks containing key directions for the show pile up on a table.
Every year, Hollywood Boulevard is closed between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive so that bleachers can be built for fans to sit on and watch the red carpet. This year, the street is closed from Sunday, Feb. 18 through Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Brian Grazer stepped in to produce the 84th Academy Awards after original producer Brett Ratner stepped down after coming under fire for making a series of ill-judged remarks. It will be the first time Grazer, who won the best picture award in 2001 for A Beautiful Mind, has produced the telecast.
Green Room in the Making
Inspired by 1930s and ’40s Hollywood and the iconic work from that era by designer Billy Haines, interior designer Waldo Fernandez designed the green room to be a relaxed oasis amid the hustle and bustle of film's biggest night.
Despite the Kodak bankruptcy, the company's name likely will grace the theater during the show, but its name will be avoided by announcers. In early February, the Eastman Kodak Co., as part of its federal bankruptcy court filing, revealed that it wants to get out of its 2000 naming rights deal for the theater in the Hollywood & Highland complex where the Academy Awards have been held since 2002.
This is the tenth consecutive year that Architectural Digest will produce the exclusive backstage lounge for Oscar presenters and honorees. Waldo Fernandez, a member of the AD 100, has worked on the homes of Brad Pitt and producer Darren Star. “My design career was incubated in Hollywood film, and my experiences on film sets are what gave me the opportunity to become an interior designer and work in the design field,” says Fernandez.
Out in the Bleachers
There are only 700 seats available for fans along the 500-foot-long walkway that leads into the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. Every year, fans can apply online for a random drawing to win a coveted seat in the bleachers.
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