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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Production Design

Sci-fi epic "Blade Runner 2049" leads a competitive field this year. Updated 1/30/2018.

"Blade Runner 2049"

“Blade Runner 2049”

Warner Bros.

While Sarah Greenwood’s sumptuous environments in the rich fantasy universe of “Beauty and the Beast” and Paul D. Austerberry’s Hollywood-tinged green sets in “The Shape of Water” are mighty competitors for the Best Production Design Oscar, Dennis Gassner’s mind-blowing collaboration with director Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins on “Blade Runner 2049” is the one to beat this year. All scored Art Directors Guild nominations in their respective categories.

Others among 15 ADG nominees in three categories (period, fantasy and contemporary) include Greenwood’s more austere World War II London interiors in “Darkest Hour” and Nathan Crowley’s views of Dunkirk by land, sea and air.

“The Shape of Water”


Dennis Gassner and Alessandra Querzola (“Blade Runner 2049”)
Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin and Shane Vieau (“The Shape of Water”)


Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer (“Darkest Hour”)
Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis (“Dunkirk”)
Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer (“Beauty and the Beast”)

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