Oscars Predictions: Best Production Design – Which Period Piece Will Get the Academy’s Attention?

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2021 OSCARS PREDICTION:
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
UPDATED: October 8, 2020 (BEFORE SEASON)
The past will become the future this year when Oscar winner Donald Graham Burt ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") takes on old Hollywood. Many other films should be considered this early as we are closely watching BAFTA winner Jim Clay ("Children of Men").
† = no release date planned / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be used in major or minor categories / original or adapted script categories
AND THE PROVIDED NOMINES ARE:
"Mank" (Netflix) †
Donald Graham Burt (production designer), Jan Pascale (set designer)
"News of the World" (Universal Pictures)
David Crank (Production Designer), Elizabeth Keenan (Set Designer)
"The Personal Story of David Copperfield" (Searchlight Pictures)
Cristina Casali (production designer), Charlotte Dirickx (set designer)
"Mulan" (Walt Disney Pictures)
Grant Major (Production Designer), Anne Kuljian (Set Designer)
"Ma Rainey's Black Ass" (Netflix)
Mark Ricker (Production Designer), Karen O'Hara and Diana Stoughton (Set Designer)
NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:
"The Trial of Chicago 7" (Netflix)
Shane Valentino (Production Designer), Andrew Baseman (Set Designer)
"Ammonite" (neon)
Sarah Finlay (production designer), Sophie Hervieu (set designer)
"One Night in Miami" (Amazon Studios)
Page Buckner (production designer), Janessa Hitsman (set designer)
"Judas and the Black Messiah" (Warner Bros.) †
Sam Lisenco (Production Designer), Rebecca Brown (Set Designer)
"Hillbilly Elegy" (Netflix) †
Molly Hughes (Production Designer), Merissa Lombardo (Set Designer)
TOP TIER AWARDS CONTENDERS:
"Respect" (released by United Artists)
Ina Mayhew (production designer), Sarah Carter (decorator)
"Emma." (Focus functions)
Kave Quinn (Production Designer), Stella Fox (Set Designer)
"Death on the Nile" (20th Century Studios)
Jim Clay (Production Designer), Abi Groves (Set Designer)
"The United States vs. Billie Holiday" (Paramount Pictures)
Daniel T. Dorrance (production designer), Pascale Deschênes (set designer)
"Greyhound" (Apple TV Plus)
David Crank (Production Designer), Leonard R. Spears (Set Designer)
"Teaching" (Warner Bros.)
Nathan Crowley (Production Designer), Kathy Lucas (Set Designer)
"Wonder Woman 1984" (Warner Bros.)
Aline Bonetto (production designer), Anna Lynch-Robinson (set designer)
"Da 5 Bloods" (Netflix)
Wynn Thomas (Production Designer), Jeanette Scott (Set Designer)
"Radioactive" (Amazon Studios)
Michael Carlin (production designer), Robert Wischhusen-Hayes (set designer)
"I think of the end of things" (Netflix)
Molly Hughes (Production Designer), Mattie Siegal (Set Designer)
ALSO CONTENT:
"The Midnight Sky" (Netflix) †
Jim Bissell (Production Designer), John Bush (Set Designer)
"I am your wife" (Amazon Studios) †
Gae S. Buckley (Production Designer), Patrick Cassidy (Set Designer)
"First cow" (A24)
Anthony Gasparro (Production Designer), Vanessa Knoll (Set Designer)
"Shirley" (neon)
Sue Chan (production designer), Amela Baksic (set designer)
"The Glorias" (roadside sights)
Kim Jennings (Production Designer), Elizabeth Keenan (Set Designer)
"Minari" (A24) †
Yong Ok Lee (Production Designer), Hanrui Wang (Set Designer)
"Cinderella" (Sony Pictures)
Paul Kirby (Production Designer), Kathryn Pile (Set Designer)
"The White Tiger" (Netflix) †
Chad Keith (production designer), Yasmin Sethi and Tiya Tejpal (set designer)
"Antlers" (searchlight images)
Tim Grimes (Production Designer), Hamish Purdy (Set Designer)
"Promising Young Woman" (focus traits) †
P. Erik Carlson (Production Designer), Orlin Grozdanov (Set Designer)
UNRANKED AWARDS CONTENDERS:
"The Invisible Man" (Universal Pictures) - Alex Holmes (Production Designer), Katie Sharrock (Set Designer)
"The Outpost" (Chicken Soup for Soul Entertainment) - Alex Holmes (Production Designer), Katie Sharrock (Set Designer)
† = no release date planned / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be used in major or minor categories / original or adapted script categories
The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, are Hollywood's most prestigious artistic awards in the film industry. Since 1927, nominees and winners have been selected by members of the Academy of Arts and Sciences for Feature Films (AMPAS). 17 branches are represented among the almost 10,000 members. The branches are actors, employees, casting directors, cameramen, costume designers, directors, documentary filmmakers, executives, film editors, make-up and hairdressers, marketing and public relations, total members, total members (artist representatives), music, producers, production design, short films and feature animations, sound, visual effects and writers.
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