Some people watch the Oscars to see which luminaries receive the golden statuette. Others, however, will watch the 85th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24, to catch a glimpse of the Architectural Digest Greenroom, a stylish backstage lounge where stars relax in between presenting and receiving their awards. This year the space will be designed by AD100 talent Madeline Stuart, herself a silver-screen scion—her father was director Mel Stuart, and she appeared as an extra in one of his most famous films, the 1971 version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Stuart’s Greenroom will be an elegant Art Deco–style space inspired by Hollywood’s most glamorous era, the 1930s, and one of the men who made Tinseltown chic at that time, MGM art director and set designer Cedric Gibbons. The dashing, mustachioed Gibbons not only designed the Oscar statuette, he was also one of the original founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and notched 11 Oscars for art direction. Summing up her inspiration, Stuart says, “My goal was to create a space where contemporary stars wouldn’t be surprised to bump into Cary Grant or Katharine Hepburn.” Or, indeed, Gibbons himself.
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