The Oscars are this weekend — who’s done their homework and watched all the nominated movies? I’m a little bit behind, but I know it’s going to be tough competition. Maybe it’s because of my job, but my eye is immediately drawn to the set designs and costumes when watching movies. Lincoln did an exceptionally great job capturing interior design of the late 1800s (I would totally put that wallpaper in my house today!).
SEE ALSO: Kayla’s Oscar-Throwing Party Tips>>
What movie do you think is going to win Best Picture?
While most people watching the 83rd Academy Awards tonight will be focused on Natalie Portman, her baby bump and whether she takes home the Oscar for Black Swan, I’ll be watching out for the nominees for Best Art Direction and Best Documentary. In particular, the feature-length documentary Waste Land. Co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have created a moving look at the power of art to transform people’s lives and the environment.
Artist Vik Muniz in front of Jarim Gramacho
“Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an band of “catadores”— pickers of recyclable materials.
The documentary Waste Land
Muniz’s objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives.”
If the Oscars was a room, designer Candice Olson would win Best everything. So in honor of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, here are three red carpet looks I’ve assembled for co-host Anne Hathaway (with help from 1st dibs) matched with three glamorous rooms by the divine Ms. Olson. What look/room get’s your vote?
♦ Number 1 ♦
• Oscar de la Renta gown ¦ Dining Room with black crystal chandelier and velvet banquette •
Cast Your Ballot
For the eighth year in a row, Architectural Digest has selected the talented designer who will be creating the green room at the Academy Awards. This year, Roger Thomas has the distinct honor of designing the backstage haven, where all the Oscars nominees and presenters will be hanging out, rehearsing their lines and parading around their new golden men. This rendering is a sneak peek of what the green room will look like tomorrow night.