Oscars 2016 – Best Production Design

Production design encompasses everything that goes into the visual look of what is filmed. This includes set location, set design, and props. Movies that do well here are the ones with lots of difficulty, especially when set in another time period or fantasy world.

Our predictions are below:

The variety of changing sets and elaborate scenes puts Hail, Caesar! into top contention for the Coen brother’s ambitious film. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in a different section of the Harry Potter fantasy world, and it’s incredibly elaborate creation builds on what has come before without location overlap of the previous films.

There’s a somewhat strange middle-ground with La La Land, they made some fantastic sets but it didn’t build a world or go back in time like the above two. Arrival is a bit out of luck on this one, having a very simple world with only a couple major sets compared to some of the drama of other films here. However, I was a little surprised to see Passengers here, over something like Doctor Strange or Rogue One.

  1. “Hail, Caesar!” (Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh)
  2. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock)
  3. “La La Land” (David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco)
  4. “Passengers” (Guy Hendrix Dyas, Gene Serdena)
  5. “Arrival” (Patrice Vermette, Paul Hotte)

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