“This weekend, the Oscars may be turned upside down as we may see winners from all categories accept their Oscars upside down in a silent show of solidarity with the eight affected categories. We are all filmmakers of equal importance," said Karol Urban, president of the Cinema Audio Society, in a statement. His guild members also plan to wear their guild badges upside down in protest of the Oscars' moving eight live categories to a pre-ceremony and showing them pre-taped during the ABC telecast.
Oscars' stage design will feature a dome, two floating orbs illuminated with strands of Swarovski Crystals and a swirling design: Swarovski has teamed with Emmy-award creative director and designer David Korins "to provide 90,000 Swarovski Crystals for the stage design," says Variety's Jazz Tangcay. "Perhaps the most dazzling aspect to Korins’ staging is the crystal curtain, which is made from Swarovski Crystals." Korins, who previewed his design on Instagram, adds: "The beautiful thing about working with Swarovski Crystals is that you use them just the way they are. They shine and sparkle the way you want them to. With Swarovski Crystals, there’s no need for scenic enhancements, what you want to do is accentuate what they are already meant to do and that is capture and reflect light beautifully.”