2015 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
(UPDATED: JULY 1, 2014)
The glitz and glamour of certain films have found their way to an Oscar win even despite bad reviews from critics. “The Great Gatsby” won here last year as a perfect example. This year, we can hope for some early year contenders like “The Grand Budapest Hotel” which has beautiful aesthetics. Films like “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” and “Exodus: Gods and Kings” – both of which look like train wrecks on the horizon, can still find their way into a lineup.
AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE
1. Into the Woods Dennis Gassner; Anna Pinnock
Fantasy tale in a category that has featured winners like "Alice in Wonderland."
2. Big Eyes Rick Heinrichs; Shane Vieau
No Tim Burton film nominated in this category has ever lost.
3. Interstellar Nathan Crowley; Gary Fettis, Paul Healy
Science fiction/3D films have showed up here lately when many thought that we wouldn't a la, "Life of Pi" and "Gravity."
4. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Dan Hennah; Ra Vincent
They may want to send off this franchise off right.
5. Exodus: Gods and Kings Arthur Max; Celia Bobak
OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS
6. Inherent Vice David Crank; Amy Wells
7. The Grand Budapest Hotel Adam Stockhausen; Anna Pinnock
Beautiful set designs that have been praised by virtually everyone...will they remember?
8. Fury Andrew Menzies; Barry Greaves)
World War II sets. Oscar's favorite.
9. Selma Mark Friedberg; Elizabeth Keenan
10. Suite Française Michael Carlin; Lieven Baes, Véronique Melery
Another war era film pushed by Harvey Weinstein.
ALSO IN CONTENTION
11 Slow West - Kim Sinclair
12 Unbroken - Jon Hutman; Lisa Thompson
13 Mr. Turner - Suzie Davies; Charlotte Watts
14 Theory of Everything - John Paul Kelly; Claire Nia Richards
15 Macbeth - Fiona Crombie; Alice Felton
16 Foxcatcher - Jess Gonchor; Kathy Lucas
17 The Imitation Game - Maria Djurkovic
18 A Most Violent Year - John P. Goldsmith; Melanie J. Baker
19 Noah - Mark Friedberg; Nicholas DiBlasio, Debra Schutt
20 Child 44 - Jan Roelfs
21 The Hundred-Foot Journey - David Gropman; Marie-Laure Valla
22 The Homesman - Merideth Boswell
23 Get on Up - Mark Ricker; Rena DeAngelo
24 Pawn Sacrifice - Isabelle Guay; Lisa Clark, Paul Hotte
25 Godzilla - Owen Paterson; Elizabeth Wilcox
26 The Two Faces of January - Michael Carlin; Dominic Capon
27 Serena - Richard Bridgland
28 The Giver - Ed Verreaux; Andrew McCarthy
29 Magic in the Moonlight - Anne Seibel
30 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 - Philip Messina
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Clayton Davis started to write professionally in his sophomore year of college when Johnny Alba, the editor and owner of the old Oscar prediction site, The Oscar Igloo, had an opening for staff writers. Clayton wrote for The Igloo for nearly four years before being appointed editor and revamping and renaming The Oscar Igloo into the now popular mega-site, The Awards Circuit. Since then, Clayton has become a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to awards season show, The Critics Choice Awards. Most recently, Clayton is a now an active member of the International Press Academy, which hosts the popular Satellite Awards as well as the newly integrated Broadcast Television Journalists Association, which hosts the Critics Choice Television Awards. In June 2014 he became the year's first accepted member to New York Film Critics Online. He has been quoted in various outlets (CNN.com, Bloomberg.com, TheWrap.com, AceShowbiz.com, SlashFilm.com, ScottFeinberg.com) and continues to raise the bar for film-talking enthusiasts around the globe.