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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Production Design

Sci-fi epic "Blade Runner 2049" leads a competitive field this year. Updated 1/4/2017.

"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.

Frontrunners:

Sarah Greenwood (“Beauty and the Beast”)
Dennis Gassner (“Blade Runner 2049”)
Sarah Greenwood (“Darkest Hour”)
Nathan Crowley (“Dunkirk”)
Paul D. Austerberry (“The Shape of Water”)

“The Shape of Water”

Contenders:

Aline Bonetto (“Wonder Woman”)
Rick Carter (“The Post”)
James Chinlund (“War for the Planet of the Apes”)
Stefania Cella (“Downsizing”)
Jim Clay (“Murder on the Orient Express”)
Rick Heinrichs (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”)

Kenneth Branagh stars in Twentieth Century Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express.”

“Murder on the Orient Express”

Photo Credit: Nicola Dove

Long Shots:

David J. Bomba (“Mudbound”)
Nathan Crowley (“The Greatest Showman”)
Mark Friedberg (“Wonderstruck”)

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