Brookfield native wins Oscar for “Budapest Hotel”

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Brookfield native Adam Stockhausen won the Oscar for production design for “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Stockhausen, a Marquette University alum, was nominated last year for “12 Years A Slave,” for which Mequon native John Ridley won an Oscar for best screenplay.

adphotoIn his speech Stockhausen thanked the director Wes Anderson. He also thanked “my family, my teachers and” fellow production designer Mark Friedberg.”

Both worked on Anderson’s “The Darjeeling Limited.”

According to this interview in Curbed, Stockhausen called himself “a theater obsessed kid growing up in Milwaukee” who took “every little theater job I could find.”

“I worked as an electrician and as a painter. I worked in construction shops, in theater making, and building scenery,” he said. He worked his way up the ladder, until eventually he was designing sets for regional theaters in the Midwest. After moving to New York he drew theater and opera sets.

“The transition to film began in 2004, when Stockhausen began working for the production designer Mark Friedberg, who hired him to art direct the Charlie Kaufman film “Synecdoche, New York.”

Stockhausen was the only one of four nominees with Wisconsin ties to win.

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