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by Peter Knegt
February 16, 2013 4:25 PM
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2013 Oscar Predictions: Best Production Design

"Anna Karenina" Focus
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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  • monkeypox6 | April 15, 2013 11:08 PMReply

    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)

  • Laura | February 17, 2013 12:51 AMReply

    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.

  • Mike | February 22, 2013 3:06 AM

    And it hasn't been. Kinda late for this prediction considering the nominations were announced last month.

  • Rael | January 10, 2013 5:02 AMReply

    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.

  • Martin | January 8, 2013 8:54 AMReply

    Check out my predictions for the visual categories at

  • Film Fan | December 30, 2012 1:34 PMReply

    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.

  • PA | January 1, 2013 8:40 PM

    Of course, the LOTR movies have always had wonderful production. I'd say it is basically a lock they'll get nominated. When I went to go see it, I was practically salivating.

  • Shady | December 16, 2012 4:39 AMReply

    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.

  • TAZWAR | December 14, 2012 12:36 PMReply

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

  • Ross | December 1, 2012 2:36 PMReply

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

  • Jess | December 12, 2012 7:33 PM

    OHMYGOD! Why is it that in every category someone mentions The Dark Knight Rises! It was a great movie but shouldn't be nominated in every freaking category. People need to understand this! The production desing for this film is not oscar worthy.

  • Jared | November 9, 2012 1:02 PMReply

    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.

  • Alex | October 15, 2012 1:56 AMReply

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

  • Chris | September 19, 2012 3:04 PMReply

    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.

  • Boo | November 26, 2012 12:45 PM

    Beasts barley had any production design