Iranian architect Ataollah Omidvar has accused the Academy Awards of copying Abbas Kiarostami’s concept “Forest without Leaves” for a set design at the 2015 Oscars.
Omidvar claimed that the set, in which Lady Gaga performs a tribute to “The Sound of Music” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the film, “obviously” was created based on fellow Iranian Kiarostami’s creation which has been on show in Paris.
“Forest without Leaves” is an installation work that is composed of a number of trunks of plane trees made of pipes of various diameters. It is currently on show at the Iranian Artists Forum in Tehran.
“As soon as I saw Lady Gaga’s performance I called Kiarostami to talk with him about the issue,” Omidvar said.
“At first he didn’t believe it, but he was shocked after seeing the photos and watching a video of the performance.”