“It’s not easy to jump on a production that’s going to tell the story of the royal family,” the veteran designer admits, “because that implies wealth, and that’s the expectation of the audience: they’re going to see a ton of wealth and beautiful things.” What excited Childs about joining the project was the prospect of portraying that fortune, “within the context of a country that was just coming out of a war. So it’s 1947, the country was on it’s knees, there was no money, and so we had, therefore, that contrast. We were able to place these impossibly wealthy people in an un-wealthy context.”
Childs won an Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love” (1998) and competed once again for “Quills” (2000). He’s best known for his film work, including “Mrs. Brown,” “W.E.,” “Mr. Holmes,” and “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” Given the TV Academy’s predilection towards period pieces and his recent nomination by the Art Directors Guild, could “The Crown” bring him his first Emmy?
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