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BizBash Article Features Director of Production Suzanne L’Erario

Behind all the glitz and glamour, there is a team working tirelessly to ensure the most anticipated awards ceremony of the year is as memorable as the films it celebrates. In a recent article, BizBash aggregated reviews on the 89th Academy Awards from seven knowledgable event producers.

EA’s Director of Production, Suzanne L’Erario gave the show a “B” and covers everything from stage sets to joke quality to the evening’s surprising twists in her review.

“On a night of rain and chill—I can only imagine the stylists freaking out over protecting the shoes, the dress, the hair—the Oscars brought the warmth and glow out to the red carpet. As Jessica Biel phrased it, gold is the color of the night, and it glittered everywhere—woven into many of the dresses, the 3-D step-and-repeat, and the decor sprinkled throughout.

I enjoyed how the show kicked off with a surprise high-energy performance by Justin Timberlake. It was a refreshing way to incorporate entertainment, song, and to introduce the host. In this year of presidential discord, Jimmy Kimmel navigated many political land mines with humor and grace, his jokes witty with a sharp comfort. Although the night flowed fine, the overall production value of the show was not impressive. At times, it seemed a bit flat and predictable. The stage sets, while rich in color and texture, did not seem particularly cohesive. I wish they would have used less of them so I could have focused more on their design.

The additions of the unsuspecting tour bus group and the candy floating down on the crowd were quirky. They added a sense of surprise and delight to the night. And what an ending! It is rare that a show will go off without a hitch, and tonight’s mishap over Best Picture will go down in the Oscar history book. It is the production team, with their calm under pressure and quick thinking skills, that helped remedy an embarrassing mistake.”

Find the full article here and read the perspectives of other industry professionals.

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