2015 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
(UPDATED: OCTOBER 28, 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.”
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."
4. Mr. Turner Suzie Davies; Charlotte Watts
Period piece with lots of sets to catch Oscar's eye.
3. Exodus: Gods and Kings Arthur Max; Celia Bobak
Biblical epic with lots of sets.
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel Adam Stockhausen; Anna Pinnock
Beautiful set designs that have been praised by virtually everyone...will they remember?
5. The Imitation Game Maria Djurkovic
British period piece. Think "The King's Speech" type love.
OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS
6. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Dan Hennah; Ra Vincent
They may want to send off this franchise off right.
7. Interstellar Nathan Crowley; Gary Fettis, Paul Healy
Think back to "Gravity" and "Life of Pi" that found room in this category.
8. Big Eyes Rick Heinrichs; Shane Vieau
No Tim Burton film that has been nominated in this category has ever lost.
9. Inherent Vice David Crank; Amy Wells
10. Selma Mark Friedberg; Elizabeth Keenan
ALSO IN CONTENTION
11 Noah – Mark Friedberg; Nicholas DiBlasio, Debra Schutt
12 Maleficent – Dylan Cole & Gary Freeman
13 Fury - Andrew Menzies; Barry Greaves
14 Birdman – Kevin Thompson
15 The Theory of Everything – John Paul Kelly; Claire Nia Richards
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 Unbroken - Jon Hutman; Lisa Thompson
20 The Homesman – Merideth Boswell
21 The LEGO Movie – Grant Freckleton
22 Get on Up – Mark Ricker; Rena DeAngelo
23 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – Philip Messina
24 Magic in the Moonlight – Anne Seibel
25 Godzilla - Owen Paterson; Elizabeth Wilcox
26 The Hundred-Foot Journey – David Gropman; Marie-Laure Valla
27 The Giver – Ed Verreaux; Andrew McCarthy
28 The Gambler – Keith P. Cunningham
29 Low Down – Elliott Hostetter
30 X-Men: Days of Future Past – John Myhre
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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.