2015 Oscar Predictions – Best Production Design

2015 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

(UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 6, 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.  I wouldn’t be shocked to see “Interstellar” based on past inclusions like “Gravity” and “Life of Pi.”

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AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE

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1. Into the Woods

Dennis Gassner; Anna Pinnock
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Fantasy tale in a category that has featured winners like "Alice in Wonderland."
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2. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Adam Stockhausen; Anna Pinnock
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Beautiful set designs that have been praised by virtually everyone...will they remember?
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3. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

Dan Hennah; Ra Vincent
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They may want to send off this franchise off right.
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4. Mr. Turner

Suzie Davies; Charlotte Watts
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Period piece with lots of sets to catch Oscar's eye.
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5. The Imitation Game

Maria Djurkovic
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British period piece. Think "The King's Speech" type love.
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6. Inherent Vice

David Crank; Amy Wells
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Weird 70s aura.
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7. Big Eyes

Rick Heinrichs; Shane Vieau
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No Tim Burton film that has been nominated in this category has ever lost.
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8. Interstellar

Nathan Crowley; Gary Fettis, Paul Healy
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Think back to "Gravity" and "Life of Pi" that found room in this category.
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9. Selma

Mark Friedberg; Elizabeth Keenan
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Civil rights era film.
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10. Exodus: Gods and Kings

Arthur Max; Celia Bobak
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Biblical period piece.

ALSO IN CONTENTION

11 The Theory of Everything – John Paul Kelly; Claire Nia Richards

12 Unbroken Jon Hutman; Lisa Thompson

13 Fury - Andrew Menzies; Barry Greaves

14 Miss Julie – Caroline Ramies

15 Maleficent – Dylan Cole & Gary Freeman

16 Foxcatcher – Jess Gonchor; Kathy Lucas

17 The Two Faces of January – Michael Carlin; Dominic Capon

18 A Most Violent Year – John P. Goldsmith; Melanie J. Baker

19 Noah – Mark Friedberg; Nicholas DiBlasio, Debra Schutt

20 Birdman – Kevin Thompson

OTHER POSSIBILITIES

21 The Homesman – Merideth Boswell

22 Pawn Sacrifice – Isabelle Guay; Lisa Clark, Paul Hotte

23 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – Philip Messina

24 Magic in the Moonlight – Anne Seibel

25 Godzilla Owen Paterson; Elizabeth Wilcox

26 The Lego Movie – Grant Freckleton

27 Get on Up – Mark Ricker; Rena DeAngelo

28 The Giver – Ed Verreaux; Andrew McCarthy

29 Madame Bovary – Benoit Barouh

30 The Hundred-Foot Journey – David Gropman; Marie-Laure Valla

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