Thursday, July 18, 2024

Respect for Below the Line Set Decorators at Last as Aspire Design and Home Launches Awards for Movies and TV


Because of COVID, we’ve all been indoors thinking about what shows to watch and what decorating we may want to do. All those sumptuous sets in movies and TV shows. Who’s responsible for making it all look so delectable?

Perfect timing for the just announced ASPIRE Design and Home magazine’s “Best-Dressed Rooms in TV and Film Awards” which not only will be a TV awards show but the company behind it also has the largest group of show houses and will devote one to the winning productions.

Former CNN entertainment correspondent Jill Brooke, who runs, created the idea and joined forces with ASPIRE Design and Home owners Steve Mandel and Amy Sneider.

For the first time ever, there will be a category honoring the Floral Artists in films and TV as well as the set decorators who often do the heavy-lifting and implementation of the designs. It’s about time!

Judges include set decorators Beth Kushnick (“The Good Fight,”) Lydia Marks, (“Sex and the City” movies) and Melinda Ritz (“Will and Grace,”) as well as decorators for celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Seacrest, Robin Wright and Queen Latifah. Also adding their expertise: Jenny Tobin, the florist for over 20 Oscar and B.A.F.T.A.-nominated films, including “The Favourite,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Fantastic Beasts 1 and 2,” actor and director Chazz Palminteri, landscape architect Fernando Wong from Discovery’s “Clipped” and Tony and Emmy-award winning Derek McLane, who designed “Beautiful,” the Carole King musical, and “Moulin Rouge,” as well as 2014’s Oscars.

Categories in the competition include Best Contemporary and Best Period design, Cheap Chic Award, Best Bedroom, Best Hotel Room, Best Use of Outside Space, Best Use of Small Space, Best Costumes Enhancing Decor, Best Room to Evoke Nostalgia. Best Dining Room or Kitchen as well as Coolest Detail for Plot Enhancement.

The list of nominees includes “Bridgerton,” “Mank,” The Undoing,” The Queen’s Gambit, “Billions,” “Emily in Paris,” “One Night in Miami,” “The Crown,” “Malcolm & Marie” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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