Fifty-thousand crystals and a 60ft embellished curtain: A sneak peek inside tonight’s dazzling Oscars set

A crystal-embellished Swarovski stage will illuminate the Oscars ceremony

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50,000 crystals will illuminate the Oscars set

Tonight, the world’s A-list will gather at the Dolby Theatre for the glitziest night in the Hollywood calendar. But it's not only the stars on the red carpet set to shine. Inside, the crystal-embellished stage will be a spectacle in itself, as these sneak preview images show.

This year the backdrop for the world’s biggest awards show has been created by set designer Jason Sherwood, whose previous accolades include an Emmy award for the set of the stage show Rent.

For the design, it would be fair to say he’s veered towards something slightly more glamorous, with a little help from Swarovski.  The jewellery brand have donated 50,000 crystals to illuminate the set, using mainly upcycled pieces.

The brand donate imperfect, previously used or unsold gems to the creative industries to promote a sustainable fashion ethos. It’s Swarovski’s thirteenth year decorating the Oscars stage, but it’s a first for Sherwood.

The set, which Sherwood describes as ‘a sculptural cyclone’, includes three main design features: a hanging crystal spiral, an embellished curtain and a Swarovski-encrusted tower.

Prepare to be dazzled Credit: Linda Pianigiani

The 500kg spiral structure has been created using hundreds of crystal strands, decorated with 12,000 precision-cut gems and is set off by the 60ft by 40ft curtain and 38ft tower, constructed using more than 28,000 crystals.

Describing his creation, Sherwood said: “Designing for the Oscars in 2020 is about creating a space as complex, diverse, and beautiful as the movies of the year, for a celebration of some of the world's most esteemed artists." 

He added: "Crystals imbue the design with the floating, magical sense of possibility, and bring an almost kaleidoscope wonder to a stage and a year of movies that celebrate the human experience.”

The intricately embellished set will  certainly amp up the glitz for audiences, set to be tuning in in over 225 countries. Prepare to be dazzled.