2015 Oscar Predictions – Best Production Design

2015 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

(UPDATED: DECEMBER 22, 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. 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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4. The Imitation Game

Maria Djurkovic
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British period piece. Think "The King's Speech" type love.
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5. 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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6. Exodus: Gods and Kings

Arthur Max; Celia Bobak
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Biblical epic with large scale set pieces.
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7. 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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8. Maleficent

Dylan Cole, Gary Freeman; Lee Sandales
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Fantasy film that could sneak in despite mixed reviews. Pushed by Disney.
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9. 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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10. 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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ALSO IN CONTENTION

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 POSSIBILITIES

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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