2015 Oscar Predictions – Best Production Design

2015 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

(UPDATED: FEBRUARY 20, 2015) – FINAL WINNER PREDICTIONS

This seems made for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and a real opportunity to win something in the category that speaks to the director behind it.  Wes Anderson should have had this years ago.

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AND THE NOMINEES ARE

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1. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Adam Stockhausen; Anna Pinnock
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It led the nominations and they should give some wins to the film below the line including this.
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2. Into the Woods

Dennis Gassner; Anna Pinnock
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Disney pulled out all the stops and in the end, below-the-line is where it landed. They do like their fantasy films in this category.
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3. Interstellar

Nathan Crowley; Gary Fettis, Paul Healy
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Space stations and behind the book case.
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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. They could go big for the film below the line.

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OTHER TOP-TIER MISSES

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6. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Dan Hennah; Ra Vincent
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A goodbye token to a beloved franchise.
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7. Maleficent

Dylan Cole, Gary Freeman; Lee Sandales
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Fantasy film that could sneak in despite mixed reviews. Pushed by Disney. The "Alice in Wonderland" of the year?
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8. Big Eyes

Rick Heinrichs; Shane Vieau
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Burton's films do well in this category (when they're nominated).
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9. Unbroken

Jon Hutman; Lisa Thompson
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Prison camps, Olympic arenas. Could just be what the Oscar doctor ordered.
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10. Exodus: Gods and Kings

Arthur Max; Celia Bobak
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Biblical epic with large scale set pieces.
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ALSO MISSES

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

12 Selma – Mark Friedberg; Elizabeth Keenan

13 Noah – Mark Friedberg; Nicholas DiBlasio, Debra Schutt

14 Inherent Vice – David Crank, Amy Wells

15 Snowpiercer – Ondrej Nekvasil; Beata Brendtnerovà

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

17 Fury – Andrew Menzies; Barry Greaves

18 Birdman – Kevin Thompson

19 The LEGO Movie – Grant Freckleton 

20 Foxcatcher – Jess Gonchor; Kathy Lucas

OTHER MISSES

21 Get on Up – Mark Ricker; Rena DeAngelo

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

23 The Homesman – Merideth Boswell

24 Magic in the Moonlight – Anne Seibel

25 Gone Girl – Donald Graham Burt

26 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – Philip Messina

27 American Sniper – Charisse Gardenas, James J. Murakami

28 Godzilla – Owen Paterson; Elizabeth Wilcox

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

30 X-Men: Days of Future Past – John Myhre

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