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David Rockwell: Academy Awards Ceremony Set Designer

David RockwellDavid Rockwell: Oscar 2009 set designer

David Rockwell, whose firm designed the Kodak Theatre at Los Angeles' Hollywood & Highland Center, will design the sets for the 2009 Academy Awards telecast, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced.

Other projects designed by the Rockwell Group include a freestanding building for the Cirque du Soleil at Walt Disney World in Florida; the Elinor Bunin-Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center in New York; the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, scheduled to open in 2009; in addition to several restaurants and hotels.  David Rockwell's firm is also involved with the master plan of Coney Island, including Steeplechase Plaza.

Potential Oscar 2009 contenders

The list of potential Oscar 2009 contenders is quite extensive, ranging from Anne Hathaway in the Best Actress category for her performance in Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises in the Best Picture and Best Director categories. As The Joker in Nolan's Batman film, Heath Ledger is sure to earn a posthumous Best Supporting Actor Oscar nod.

The Dark Knight Rises' Christian Bale is a distant possibility in the Best Actor category, but Leonardo DiCaprio has a fighting chance for Sam Mendes' drama Revolutionary Road, which also stars potential Best Actress nominee Kate Winslet. Winslet could also be shortlisted in that category for another drama, Stephen Daldry's The Reader. Penélope Cruz, for her part, is a shoo-in in the Best Supporting Actress category for her latest Anna Magnani impersonation, this time in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Allen is an unlikely Best Director candidate, but he could get a writing nod. Cruz's fellow cast members Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson, and Rebecca Hall are all highly unlikely Oscar 2009 candidates.

The 81st Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. In the United States, the Oscarcast will be televised live by ABC.

David Rockwell photo: Todd Plitt / Imagebox.

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