OSCAR PREDICTIONS: Best Production Design

Updated: September 21, 2017

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE

1

Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
“Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
Oscar-winner for "Bugsy" (five-time overall nominee) taking on a futuristic film that could elevate the set pieces.
CONS:
Sometimes thought as a "shoo-in" (i.e. "The Truman Show" and "Big Fish"), Gassner can be passed over.

2

Sarah Greenwood.
“Darkest Hour” (Focus Features)

PROS:
Oscar-winner for "Bugsy" (five-time overall nominee) taking on a futuristic film that could elevate the set pieces.
CONS:
Sometimes thought as a "shoo-in" (i.e. "The Truman Show" and "Big Fish"), Gassner can be passed over.

3

David J. Bomba
“Mudbound” (Netflix)

PROS:
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CONS:
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4

Paul D. Austerberry
“The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PROS:
Period piece and fantasy, which does well in Production Design.
CONS:
The quality of the film will need to be there.

5

Rick Heinrichs
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Walt Disney Pictures)

PROS:
Oscar-winner for "Sleepy Hollow" and nominee for "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."
CONS:
He still gets snub, even when he's REALLY good (i.e. "Big Eyes")

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6

Nathan Crowley.
“Dunkirk” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
Oscar-winner for "Sleepy Hollow" and nominee for "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."
CONS:
He still gets snub, even when he's REALLY good (i.e. "Big Eyes")

7

Jan Roelfs
“The Current War” (The Weinstein Company)

PROS:
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CONS:
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8

Mark Tildesley
“Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Film” (Focus Features)

PROS:
This previous Emmy winner ("London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isles of Wonder") is taking on the 1950s, centering around fashion.
CONS:
Could be all about the clothes...and Daniel Day-Lewis.

9

Santo Loquasto
“Wonder Wheel” (Amazon Studios)

PROS:
Taking place alongside a historic Coney Island will be beautiful to look at.
CONS:
Period New York doesn't always catch on with the Production Designers.

10

Judy Becker
“Battle of the Sexes” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PROS:
Takes place in the 1970's with plenty of houses and cool spots to recreate.
CONS:
The groovy 70's can get skipped often.

OTHER TOP TIER CONTENDERS

11

Sarah Greenwood
“Beauty and the Beast” (Walt Disney Pictures)

PROS:
Four-time nominee of "Anna Karenina," "Sherlock Holmes," "Atonement," and "Pride & Prejudice" delivers on the production values.
CONS:
There are other period and fantasy pieces in play that could edge it out.

12

Nathan Crowley
“The Greatest Showman” (20th Century Fox)

PROS:
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CONS:
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13

Jeremy Hindle
“Detroit” (Annapurna Pictures)

PROS:
The creation of the Algiers Motel and its surrounding Detroit areas is a joy to behold, and even devestating.
CONS:
The branch doesn't usually go for sets like this.

14

Cristina Casali
“The Death of Stalin” (IFC Films)

PROS:
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CONS:
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15

Rick Carter
“The Post” (20th Century Fox)

PROS:
A period piece that could have lots of eye-catching sets.
CONS:
They don't get very excited about American production designs when there's British and futuristic choices to make.

16

Owen Paterson
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (Sony Pictures)

PROS:
Visual Effects and this category tends to go together. The jungle creation is surely impressive.
CONS:
Audiences (and critics) don't seem to be excited for the film's changes to the franchise.

17

Scott Chambliss
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (Marvel Studios)

PROS:
Emmy winner ("Alias") has delivered impressive set pieces in films like "Tomorrowland" and "Star Trek." His work in this Marvel film is a treat.
CONS:
Marvel has had trouble in Production Design.

18

James D. Bissell
“Suburbicon” (Paramount Pictures)

PROS:
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CONS:
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19

Jim Clay
“Murder on the Orient Express” (20th Century Fox)

PROS:
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CONS:
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20

Donald Graham Burt
“Hostiles” (No U.S. Distribution)

PROS:
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CONS:
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OTHER POSSIBILITIES

21

Aline Bonetto
“Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
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CONS:
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22

Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent
“Thor: Ragnarok” (Marvel)

PROS:
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CONS:
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23

Richard Hoover
“Marshall” (Open Road Films)

PROS:
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CONS:
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24

Christopher Glass, Oliver Scholl
“The Dark Tower” (Sony Pictures)

PROS:
Production designers behind "The Jungle Book," a film that missed out on a nomination.
CONS:
The reviews were not good and the box office was even worse.

25

Samuel Deshors
“Call Me By Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics)

PROS:
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CONS:
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  • Emil Petrov

    How in the world can Beauty and the Beast be 20th? The movie will be nominated for both Production Design and Costume Design! How can you be so blind?

    • Calvin Damon

      I don’t know if I’d be that certain, but it is surprisingly low in production design.

  • Emil Petrov

    It’s the Great Gatsby of the year. Not the great reviews (better than Gatsby!) but the Production Design and Costumes are lock. Have you seen the movie? It is even in contention of winning.

    But the nominations are lock!