2016 Oscar Predictions – Best Production Design

2016 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

(UPDATED: JANUARY 13, 2016) – FINAL PREDICTIONS

Some gorgeous sets are on display this year and with a strong slate, we could get a few surprises.  No one really feels safe but there are good bets for “The Danish Girl” and “Carol,” who both live and breathe on their set work.

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AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE

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1. "The Danish Girl"

Eve Stewart; Michael Standish
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Period piece from Focus Features. Gorgeous sets. It's main attraction aside from the actors.
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2. "Bridge of Spies"

Adam Stockhausen; Rena DeAngelo, Bernhard Henrich
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Court rooms, sovier meeting areas, and prisons all look spectacular.
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3. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Rick Carter, Darren Gilford; Lee Sandales
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A return to a galaxy far, far away will excite members of the technical branches, hopefully resulting in a "Star Wars" love fest below the line (if it's good).
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4. "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Colin Gibson, Katie Sharrock, Lisa Thompson
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The sets are spectacular and this has picked up many mentions for this category so far this year.
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5. "The Martian"

Arthur Max; Celia Bobak, Zoltan Horvath
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The science fiction blockbusters have been showing up here the past few years.

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OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS

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6. "Carol"

Judy Becker; Heather Loeffler
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Missed the Art Directors Guild. That was pretty big for this category. Will they rectify it?
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7. "Brooklyn"

François Séguin, Suzanne Cloutier
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Every technical aspect of "Brooklyn" just sings. Its going to be a favorite and will catch the attention of many. Just needs to leap frog some bigger spectacles.
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8. "The Hateful Eight"

Yohei Taneda, Rosemary Brandenburg
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Westerns find love in production but with one (supposed) set piece, how much will they embrace it?
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9. "The Revenant"

Jack Fisk, Hamish Purdy
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With natural light, and lots of the film shot outside, this doesn't sound super likely but we need to see more.
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10. "Room"

Ethan Tobman, Mary Kirkland
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Though it missed the Art Directors Guild, A24 has made the creation of the room a focal point of the campaign.

ALSO IN CONTENTION

11 “Cinderella” – Dante Ferretti; Casey Banwel, Francesca Lo Schiavo

12 “Trumbo” – Mark Ricker, Cindy Carr

13 “Crimson Peak” – Thomas E. Sanders, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau

14 “Tomorrowland” – Scott Chambliss

15 “MacBeth” – Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton

16 “Suffragette” – Alice Normington, Barbara Herman-Skelding

17 Mr. Holmes– Martin Childs, Charlotte Watts

18 “Far from the Madding Crowd” – Kave Quinn, Niamh Coulter

19 “Sicario” – Patrice Vermitte

20 “The Assassin” – Wen-Ying Huang

OTHER POSSIBILITIES

21 “Jurassic World” – Edward Verreaux

22 “Ex Machina” – Mark Digby

23 “In the Heart of the Sea” – Mark Tildesley, Dominic Capon

24 The Walk– Naomi Shohan, Ann Victoria

25 “Legend” – Tom Conroy, Crispian Sallis

26 Beasts of No Nation– Inbal Weinberg, Katie Hickman

27 The 33– Marco Niro, Aida Rodriguez, Jorge Zambrano

28 “Joy– Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler

29 “Steve Jobs” – Guy Hendriz Dyas, Doni McMillan, Gene Serdena

30 “Slow West – Kim Sinclair 

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