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Oscars preparation gets underway as crew descend on Union Station

Preparation for the 93rd Academy Awards is well and truly underway, as production crew were see at LA’s Union Station loading off lorries and meeting a superfan on Thursday ahead on Sunday’s ceremony. 

The iconic building, which recently wrapped an eight-year, $4million (£2.87million) restoration, will play host to the ceremony as COVID measures have driven the evening away from the usual set-up. 

Trucks were seen arriving to cordon off areas, seemingly the West Terminal, and make way for kit, while one fan was clad in a head-to-toe Oscar-based costume to stand on the outskirts and check out the prep. 

Hard work: Preparation for the 93rd Academy Awards is well and truly underway, as production crew were see at LA’s Union Station loading off lorries and meeting a superfan on Thursday ahead on Sunday’s ceremony

Production staff began placing cones down in areas and lining the outskirts of the building. 

The superfan outside the station was clad in a homemade headdress with a number of Oscars statuettes studded throughout, while she spoke to security outside a blocked off area.  

According to Deadline: ‘Between Sunday, April 4 and Oscar Sunday, additional streets and sidewalks will be closed for varying periods. Details of the closures and maps of affected areas are available here. The Hollywood plans have not been announced, but likely will parallel past street closures.

‘Union Station will remain open to transit riders throughout this period, and riders will be able to access all bus, rail, Metrolink, Amtrak and private transportation providers, along with vendors. Olvera Street merchants and area churches will remain accessible to the public.’

Wow! The superfan outside the station was clad in a homemade headdress with a number of Oscars statuettes studded throughout, while she spoke to security outside a blocked off area

 Wow! The superfan outside the station was clad in a homemade headdress with a number of Oscars statuettes studded throughout, while she spoke to security outside a blocked off area

Epic: The iconic building, which recently wrapped an eight-year, $4million (£2.87million) restoration, will play host to the ceremony as COVID measures have driven the evening away from the usual set-up

Epic: The iconic building, which recently wrapped an eight-year, $4million (£2.87million) restoration, will play host to the ceremony as COVID measures have driven the evening away from the usual set-up

It comes after the COVID safe set for this year’s Oscars have been unveiled in an artist’s impression. 

David Rockwell, FAIA, Founder and President of Rockwell Group, an NYC architecture and design firm, returned as scenic designer for this year’s 93rd Oscars, which is set to take place on 25 April 2021. 

After designing sets for the 81st and 82nd Oscars, both times at the Rockwell Group-designed Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, this year David’s designs will come to life LA‘s Union Station for the first time, where the historic site is already a movie star. 

Union Station recently wrapped an eight-year, $4million (£2.87million) restoration, so will be looking its best for the stars and viewers around the world on Sunday. 

Getting ready: Staff lined the outskirts of the building to get ready for the big night

Getting ready: Staff lined the outskirts of the building to get ready for the big night

Palm trees lined the building and looked well and truly superstar ready

Palm trees lined the building and looked well and truly superstar ready

The station has been in car commercials, reality shows and procedurals but with its beamed ceilings, Spanish tile floors and regal bronze chandeliers, it really shines in cinema when it is playing a train station, bank, police station, club or airport. 

The tagline for this year’s show is Bring Your Movie Love and is described as: ‘Celebrating a global appreciation for the power of film to foster connection, to educate, and to inspire us to tell our own stories.’ 

A statement from David and the Rockwell Group, revealed the intricate details of the upcoming event and the efforts being taken to remain COVID secure. 

Bosses penned: ‘A series of custom café tables and chairs populate the multi-tiered seating area in Union Station’s Ticket Concourse, a spacious hall featuring towering 40-foot windows adorned with brass, massive art deco chandeliers, inlaid marble floors and hand painted mission tiles… 

All ready! The building is being purpose prepared to host a COVID safe detail

All ready! The building is being purpose prepared to host a COVID safe detail

A vision: Union Station designers John Parkinson and his son Donald Parkinson's stunning blend of Mission Revival and Art Deco styles has been a popular film site since it was completed in 1939, with supporting roles in movies from Blade Runner to The Dark Knight Rises

A vision: Union Station designers John Parkinson and his son Donald Parkinson’s stunning blend of Mission Revival and Art Deco styles has been a popular film site since it was completed in 1939, with supporting roles in movies from Blade Runner to The Dark Knight Rises

‘To further underscore the sense of intimacy, the stage-facing seating for the lower-tiered seating area includes custom-built woodgrain banquettes, sheathed in blue velvet, with a warm silver metal rail… 

‘On each table, custom-designed, Oscar®-inspired lamps serve as centerpieces. The audience will enter from house left along a raised promenade…

‘Platinum-finished geometric screens serve to define and separate the audience area, leaving enough negative space to avoid ever obscuring the room’s existing architecture or decorative flourishes…

‘These screens are dotted with live picture frames exhibiting historical photographs from Oscars past. During the show, these frames will deliver live content that mirrors what appears on the main screens onstage…

Wow! It comes after the COVID safe set for this year's Oscars have been unveiled in an artist's impression

Wow! It comes after the COVID safe set for this year’s Oscars have been unveiled in an artist’s impression

Elegant: After designing sets for the 81st and 82nd Oscars, both times at the Rockwell Group-designed Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, this year his designs will come to life LA's Union Station for the first time, where the historic site is already a movie star'

Elegant: After designing sets for the 81st and 82nd Oscars, both times at the Rockwell Group-designed Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, this year his designs will come to life LA’s Union Station for the first time, where the historic site is already a movie star’

‘The main action will take place upon a thrust stage made of rich, inlaid wood in a circular, multi-tiered layout. Throughout the stage are built-in LED lights to provide subtle visual flourishes throughout the ceremony…

‘Flanking the stage are a pair of 8’ wide LED screens attached to platinum-finished dividers, using the same geometric motif as the ones placed throughout the seating area and entry promenade…

‘Directly behind the stage hangs a giant, velvet drape in rich Urban Blue, complete with oversized matching tassels.

‘Union Station’s North Patio will serve as a backdrop for pre- and post-show celebration telecasts. The outdoor area features a colorful tiled fountain and benches shaded by jacaranda trees…

He's back! David Rockwell, FAIA, Founder and President of Rockwell Group, an NYC architecture and design firm, returned as scenic designer for this year's 93rd Oscars, which are set to take place on 25 April 2021

He’s back! David Rockwell, FAIA, Founder and President of Rockwell Group, an NYC architecture and design firm, returned as scenic designer for this year’s 93rd Oscars, which are set to take place on 25 April 2021

Lights, camera, action! 'The main action will take place upon a thrust stage made of rich, inlaid wood in a circular, multi-tiered layout. Throughout the stage are built-in LED lights to provide subtle visual flourishes throughout the ceremony'

Lights, camera, action! ‘The main action will take place upon a thrust stage made of rich, inlaid wood in a circular, multi-tiered layout. Throughout the stage are built-in LED lights to provide subtle visual flourishes throughout the ceremony’

‘Multi-tiered decking, in teak woodgrain, will be installed atop all grass areas. These platforms will include a DJ booth, working bars, and plenty of lounge areas furnished in Roche Bobois’ iconic Mah Jong collection of outdoor lounge seating and their Cute Cut cocktail tables…

‘The spaces will be imbued with a cool color palate, inspired by the existing tilework inside Union Station. The perimeter of the raised platforms will be outlined by drink rails, and the existing trees will be festooned with lanterns and baskets of flowers.

‘On ground level, a series of large, wooden Award silhouettes of will border the courtyard, each filled with its own floral display…

‘High-top tables will be peppered throughout the stone patio, and a blue carpeted walkway will cut through the courtyard’s center..

Usual role: The Dolby Theatre normally plays host to the awards and was also designed by The Rockwell Group

Usual role: The Dolby Theatre normally plays host to the awards and was also designed by The Rockwell Group

Outward: 'The main action will take place upon a thrust stage made of rich, inlaid wood in a circular, multi-tiered layout. Throughout the stage are built-in LED lights to provide subtle visual flourishes throughout the ceremony'  (The North Patio is pictured during preparations earlier in the week)

Outward: ‘The main action will take place upon a thrust stage made of rich, inlaid wood in a circular, multi-tiered layout. Throughout the stage are built-in LED lights to provide subtle visual flourishes throughout the ceremony’  (The North Patio is pictured during preparations earlier in the week) 

‘The Oscars are headed to downtown Los Angeles’ Union Station this year for the first time, but the historic site and active transportation hub is already a movie star.’ 

Union Station designers John Parkinson and his son Donald Parkinson’s stunning blend of Mission Revival and Art Deco styles has been a popular film site since it was completed in 1939, with supporting roles in movies from Blade Runner to The Dark Knight Rises.

‘Visually, it’s such an incredible place and it’s such a throwback to old Hollywood,’ said JJ Levine, a location manager. ‘I love that the Oscars are going to be there.’

Filmmaker Thom Andersen observed in his 2003 documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself: ‘Through its corridors and main lobby have passed gangsters (Bugsy), drug dealers (Mike’s Murder), political protesters (The Way We Were), munchkins (Under the Rainbow) and even an alien in heat disguised as a railroad conductor (Species),’

Bold: The stunning set was adorned with flowers earlier in the week ahead of the event

Bold: The stunning set was adorned with flowers earlier in the week ahead of the event 

The building is also a ‘favourite site for movie kidnappings’ in films like Nick of Time and To Live and Die in L.A. And it does not always play itself.

It is the police station in Blade Runner and the LA International Airport in The Replacement Killers. It was a New York railway station in the World War II epic Pearl Harbour and the modern Justin Timberlake rom-com Friends with Benefits.

It was the exterior of a 1950s movie studio in Hail, Caesar!, Demi Moore’s pad in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, and the insurgents’ Gotham City courthouse in The Dark Knight Rises. It also had a starring role in the 1950 film noir Union Station, with William Holden and Nancy Olson, but that was set in Chicago.

‘I can’t wait to see it. I’m sure it will look fantastic,’ said Mike Fantasia, a supervising location manager who worked there on Catch Me If You Can and Seabiscuit.

Hard work: The building is also a 'favourite site for movie kidnappings' in films like Nick of Time and To Live and Die in L.A. And it does not always play itself

Hard work: The building is also a ‘favourite site for movie kidnappings’ in films like Nick of Time and To Live and Die in L.A. And it does not always play itself

In Catch Me If You Can, the ticketing area was transformed into the Miami bank where Leonardo DiCaprio’s character meets Elizabeth Banks’s teller.

For Seabiscuit, they turned the then-defunct Harvey House restaurant into a club.

‘Everyone wants to go there because it’s an iconic building in Los Angeles. It’s been beautifully maintained and restored. It’s just a classic building,’ Mr Fantasia said. ‘You see the exterior, you see that ticket booth — anyone who knows LA knows where you are.’

It is not cheap to shoot there, Mr Fantasia said, but ‘you more than get your money’s worth’.

Working hard: Filmmaker Thom Andersen observed in his 2003 documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself: 'Through its corridors and main lobby have passed gangsters (Bugsy)'

Working hard: Filmmaker Thom Andersen observed in his 2003 documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself: ‘Through its corridors and main lobby have passed gangsters (Bugsy)’

93rd Academy Awards: Who are the 2021 Oscar nominees?

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins – The Father

Gary Oldman – Mank

Steven Yeun – Minari

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman – The Father

Amanda Seyfried – Mank

Youn Yuh-jung – Minari

 

Best Director

Thomas Vinterberg – Another Round

David Fincher – Mank

Lee Isaac Chung – Minari

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Olivia Colman is up for her role in The Father

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Olivia Colman is up for her role in The Father

Best Music (Original Score)

Da 5 Bloods

Mank

Minari

News of the World

Soul

 

Best Animated Short Film

Burrow

Genius Loci

If Anything Happens I Love You

Opera

Yes-People

 

Best Live Action Short Film

Feeling Through

The Letter Room

The Present

Two Distant Strangers

White Eye

 

Best International Feature Film

Another Round

Better Days

Collective

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Best Sound: Greyhound - a war film starring Tom Hanks - is up for the gong

Best Sound: Greyhound – a war film starring Tom Hanks – is up for the gong 

Best Sound

Greyhound

Mank

News of the World

Soul

Sound of Metal

 

Best Production Design

The Father

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

News of the World

Tenet

 

Best Cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

News of the World

Nomadland

The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Emma

Hillbilly Elegy

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

Pinocchio

 

Best Music (Original Song)

Fight for You – Judas and the Black Messiah

Hear My Voice – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Husavik – Eurovision Song Contest

Io Si (Seen) – The Life Ahead

Speak Now – One Night in Miami…

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is vying for the award

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is vying for the award

 Best Picture

 The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

Minari

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Picture: The Trial of the Chicago 7 is one of the eight films nominated

Best Picture: The Trial of the Chicago 7 is one of the eight films nominated

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day – The United States vs Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah

Leslie Odom, Jr. – One Night in Miami…

Paul Raci – Sound of Metal

Lakeith Stanfield – Judas and the Black Messiah

 

Best Animated Feature Film

Onward

Over the Moon

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Soul

Wolfwalkers

Best Animated Feature Film:  A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is nominated

Best Animated Feature Film:  A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is nominated

Best Costume Design

Emma

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

Mulan

Pinnochio

 

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

The Father

Nomadland

One Night in Miami…

The White Tiger

 

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Judas and the Black Messiah

Minari

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Best Documentary Feature

Collective

Crip Camp

The Mole Agent

My Octopus Teacher

Time

Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Judas and the Black Messiah is up for the gong

Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Judas and the Black Messiah is up for the gong

Best Documentary Short Subject

Colette

A Concerto Is a Conversation

Do Not Split

Hunger Ward

A Love Song for Latasha

 

Best Film Editing

The Father

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Best Visual Effects

Love and Monsters

The Midnight Sky

Mulan

The One and Only Ivan

Tenet

 


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