ORGANISERS of Hollywood’s glitziest night have imported help this year from Broadway.
Tony Award-winning designer Derek McLane has arranged the set for the 85th Academy Awards. He said: “This is the first time I’ve ever designed any kind of awards show, and certainly this is the biggest viewership of anything I’ve ever done.
“This is new territory for me, and it’s very exciting.”
Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, producers of the Oscars, asked Mr McLane if he would lend his expertise after he impressed them with his work on How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Daniel Radcliffe, a show they also produced.
Mr McLane said: “One of the things they said about the Oscars is that they really hoped I would design something that looked completely unique and completely new and did not look like any other Oscar show they had ever seen.”
His other credits include the recent revival of The Heiress with Jessica Chastain and Nice Work If You Can Get It with Matthew Broderick.
The Academy Awards, which are being held tomorrow evening, will be presented by comedian Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone.
American epic Lincoln leads the board with 12 nominations, including the coveted Best Picture award, closely followed by Life of Pi with 11.
Director Tom Hooper will be hoping to replicate the success of The King’s Speech, which scooped four awards in 2011, with his latest film, Les Miserables, which has eight nominations.
Daniel Day Lewis is the odds-on favourite to win Best Actor for his role as Abraham Lincoln, according to Ladbrokes, followed by Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.
Jennifer Lawrence is tipped to bounce back by winning Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook, after missing out at the Baftas.
Adele will perform at the ceremony. The 24-year-old singer is nominated for Best Original Song for her Bond anthem, Skyfall.
There is no clear frontrunner in the Best Supporting Actor category. Tommy Lee Jones is tipped for Lincoln, as is Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained. Jessica Bridge, of Ladbrokes, said: “We fancy Tommy Lee Jones for the final nod.”