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David Rockwell Lands Academy Award Production Design Job

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David Rockwell, likely sick of spending so much time on playgrounds with those children and their filthy little hands (same goes for his work on Broadway, probably), has decided to head to Los Angeles, as he’s been awarded the contract to design next year’s Academy Awards production. It’s his first time putting something together for the Oscars, but we’re betting he’s going to do pretty well at it, considering that his firm also designed and built the theater they hold this grandest night of celebrity back patting in. We’re also figuring he’s going to put to use some of the hidden rooms and trap doors he installed upon its creation, known only to him. Here’s a bit:

The 52-year-old architect, who has also handled the set design for “Hairspray,” “Legally Blonde” and other Broadway productions, joins a team of fresh faces overseeing the 81st Oscar show, led by producer Laurence Mark and executive producer Bill Condon, filmmakers working on the ceremony for the first time.

“David is an innovator who possesses the outstanding combination of truly firsthand knowledge of the Kodak Theatre and superb design work in a variety of realms, including film and theater,” said Mark and Condon in a joint statement. “We’re pleased to be collaborating with someone whose talents are so diverse.”

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