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2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

UPDATED: Oct. 29, 2020 (PRE-SEASON)

Mank” will be dangerous in this race with its recreation of classic Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s. It will be dangerous and hard to beat in this race but there’s a lot of time left and others can rise like “The Personal History of David Copperfield.”

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories


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Netflix

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

  1. "Mank" (Netflix)
    Donald Graham Burt (production designer), Jan Pascale (set decorator)

  2. "The Personal History of David Copperfield" (Searchlight Pictures)
    Cristina Casali (production designer), Charlotte Dirickx (set decorator)

  3. "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (Netflix)
    Mark Ricker (production designer), Karen O'Hara and Diana Stoughton (set decorators)

  4. "News of the World" (Universal Pictures)
    David Crank (production designer), Elizabeth Keenan (set decorator)

  5. "One Night in Miami"(Amazon Studios)
    Page Buckner (production designer), Janessa Hitsman (set decorator)

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Photo courtesy of Focus Features

NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:

  1. "The Trial of the Chicago 7" (Netflix)
    Shane Valentino (production designer), Andrew Baseman (set decorator)

  2. "Ammonite" (Neon)
    Sarah Finlay (production designer), Sophie Hervieu (set decorator) 

  3. "Mulan" (Walt Disney Pictures)
    Grant Major (production designer), Anne Kuljian (set decorator)

  4. "Emma." (Focus Features)
    Kave Quinn (production designer), Stella Fox (set decorations)

  5. "Tenet" (Warner Bros.)
    Nathan Crowley (production designer), Kathy Lucas (set decorator)

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of 20th C

TOP-TIER AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  1. "Death on the Nile" (20th Century Studios)
    Jim Clay (production designer), Abi Groves (set designer)

  2. "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" (Paramount Pictures)
    Daniel T. Dorrance (production designer), Pascale Deschênes (set decorator)

  3. "Judas and the Black Messiah" (Warner Bros.)†
    Sam Lisenco (production designer), Rebecca Brown (set decorator)

  4. "The Midnight Sky" (Netflix)†
    Jim Bissell (production designer), John Bush (set decorator)

  5. "Hillbilly Elegy" (Netflix)†
    Molly Hughes (production designer), Merissa Lombardo (set decorator)

  6. "Greyhound" (Apple TV Plus)
    David Crank (production designer), Leonard R. Spears (set decorators)

  7. "Da 5 Bloods" (Netflix)
    Wynn Thomas (production designer), Jeanette Scott (set decorator)

  8. "Radioactive" (Amazon Studios)
    Michael Carlin (production designer), Robert Wischhusen-Hayes (set decorator)

  9. "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" (Netflix)
    Molly Hughes (production designer), Mattie Siegal (set decorator)

  10. "I'm Your Woman" (Amazon Studios)†
    Gae S. Buckley (production designer), Patrick Cassidy (set decorator)

I'm Your Woman

ALSO IN CONTENTION:

  1. "First Cow" (A24)
    Anthony Gasparro (production designer), Vanessa Knoll (set decorators)

  2. "Shirley" (Neon)
    Sue Chan (production designer), Amela Baksic (set decorators)

  3. "The Glorias" (Roadside Attractions)
    Kim Jennings (production designer), Elizabeth Keenan (set decorators)

  4. "Minari" (A24)†
    Yong Ok Lee (production designer), Hanrui Wang (set decorator)

  5. "Cinderella" (Sony Pictures)†
    Paul Kirby (production designer), Kathryn Pile (set decorators)

  6. "The White Tiger" (Netflix)†
    Chad Keith (production designer), Yasmin Sethi and Tiya Tejpal (set decorators)

  7. "Antlers" (Searchlight Pictures)
    Tim Grimes (production designer), Hamish Purdy (set decorators)

  8. "The Outpost" (Chicken Soup for the Soul)
    Alex Holmes (production designer), Katie Sharrock (set decorators)

  9. "Promising Young Woman" (Focus Features)†
    Michael Perry (production designer), Rae Deslich (set decorators)

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UNRANKED AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  • "The Invisible Man" (Universal Pictures) – Alex Holmes (production designer), Katie Sharrock (set decorators)
  • "Wonder Woman 1984" (Warner Bros.) – Aline Bonetto (production designer), Anna Lynch-Robinson (set decorator)

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories

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