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2013 Oscar Predictions: Best Production Design

2013 Oscar Predictions: Best Production Design

Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions for the 85th Academy Awards through February 24th, when the winners are announced.

Here’s our take on best production design, which seems like a three way race between the theatrical sets of “Anna Karenina” and “Les Misersables,” and the extensive CGI of “Life of Pi.” Given they have gone way of more computer-generated imagery as of late, we’ll say “Pi.”

Nominees and predictions below. Check out all predictions in all the categories here, and this list of all the Oscar-nominated films available ON DEMAND right now.

The nominees:
“Anna Karenina”
Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration:    Katie Spencer
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
“Les Misérables”
Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
“Life of Pi”
Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Will win: “Life of Pi”
Could win: “Les Miserables” or “Anna Karenina”
Should win: “Anna Karenina”

Check out all predictions in all the categories here.

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How I think it should have been:

1. Sarah Greenwood & Katie Spencer, "Anna Karenina"
2. Dan Hennah, Simon Bright & Ra Vincent, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"*(Runner-up)
3. Eve Stewart & Anna Lynch-Robinson, "Les Miserables"
4. David Gropman & Anna Pinnock, "Life of Pi"
5. Rick Carter & Jim Erickson, "Lincoln"*(WINNER)


The Dark Knight Rises will not be nominated for anything. Has anyone forgot what happened on opening night? There would be way too much controversy.


I would go for Anna Karenina, Dark Knight Rises, Lincoln, Les Miserables and Django Unchained…with spoilers like Cloud Atlas, The Hobbit, or Snow White.

Anna Karenina surely will be the winner here, it is one of the best aspect in the movie.


Check out my predictions for the visual categories at

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I have yet to see Anna Karenina but I have heard that the production design and costumes are basically the best part. Plus period pieces usually do well in this category so I am sure Lincoln, Les Mis and The Master will get nominations. However I would not count out The Hobbit. The production design was superb and every detail was wonderful. I also think there are chances Moonrise Kingdom and Argo could wiggle into getting nominations.


I don't understand how The Hobbit is not on ANY of these lists (as in the "predicted 5") except "Best Hairstyle and Makeup". Every single scene in Hobbit is breathtaking. There is so much detail in every set, and in every piece of prop. They even started planting flowers in Hobbiton like 1-2 years ago.


what's wrong with the list man! If any movie truly deserves to win the "Best Production Design" it is The Dark Knight Rises…


The Dark Knight Rises is literally a million miles ahead of everything else in this. Except maybe The Hobbit


Your kidding. The Dark Knight Rises was by far the best production design. Everything you saw in the movie they actually did. Nolan went back to the silent era of filmmaking because he was interested in a certain kind of storytelling where, as back in the day, all that was available were thousands of extras, movie props, and real sets. That's how they made the film. Nothing comes close to Rises except maybe The Hobbit.


The Hobbit is definately going to win this award. No questions asked. I cant believe its not even nominated on this stupid list.


how can you leave "Beasts of the Southern Wild" off of even your 'longer shot' list??? As far as I'm concerned if there's any real justice (or taste, or appreciation of creativity, or recognition of budget discrepancy between films among the Academy voters) "Beasts" will be recognized with a nomination.

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