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THE 75TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS | SHORT TAKES / Art
direction

The best of the rest

March 24, 2003

"Chicago

John Myhre, Gordon Sim

Production designer John Myhre and set decorator Gordon Sim's re-creation of Jazz Age cabarets, jails and courtrooms in "Chicago" gave them their first Oscar.

Myhre had previously been nominated for his period designs for "Elizabeth." His film work has also included "Ali," "Immortal Beloved" and "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" The centerpiece of Myhre's work was the Onyx Club, site of most of the stage fantasies of would-be singer-dancer Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger). Its chipped, gilded boxes and proscenium; red, gold-trimmed curtains; worn black stage; and flickering amber lights were based on discussions with director Rob Marshall, visits to aging New York theaters and the work of artist Reginald Marsh, who showcased 1930s theaters in his paintings.

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