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February 27, 2006

Academy Awards, Oscars Designers

051219a_1We all struggle over choosing colors and styles for our homes, worried what our friends and family will think, if they'll like it, if we'll like it. It's these questions and their possible outcomes that make our Ask the Expert designer department so popular. But imagine the stress and "commitmentphobia" of designing for an audience of millions of TV viewers and a few hundred A list celebs who have their own homes detailed inside and out by today’s brightest design stars.

Such is the pressure endured by Roy Christopher, the man behind the Oscars' set design since 1979. But seeing as how successfully he’s done this before, Christopher's no shrinking violet when it comes to designing a grand set with dramatic themes.

"I'm humbled and I'm grateful and I never get tired of doing it. It's wonderful," he said in an interview with the BBC.

Last year's design was all about technology and modern advancement. By contrast Christopher's using the 2006 set to hearken back to the old days, when home theaters were unheard of and people went for entertainment at the local cinema house. In a year of dwindling box office sales, Christopher's bringing glamour back to the theater and setting the stage for nostalgia.

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