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2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

UPDATED: Nov. 19, 2020 (PRE-SEASON)

The period dramas are a favorite of this branch and “Emma” and “The Personal History of David Copperfield” are glamorous enough to get noticed, at least until the guild nominations. “Mank” is still the heavy favorite and there’s always been a correlation between production design and visual effects, which is why “The Midnight Sky” could factor in here comfortably (much like “Gravity”).

† = 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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David Fincher’s “Mank” (Netflix) 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. "Emma." (Focus Features)
    Kave Quinn (production designer), Stella Fox (set decorations)

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

  5. "The Prom" (Netflix)
    Jamie Walker McCall (production designer), Gene Serdena (set decorator)

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Tzi Ma in “Mulan” (Disney Plus) Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:

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

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

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

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

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

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Rosamund Pike in “Radioactive” (Amazon Studios) Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios

TOP-TIER AWARDS 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. "News of the World" (Universal Pictures)
    David Crank (production designer), Elizabeth Keenan (set decorator)

  4. "First Cow" (A24)
    Anthony Gasparro (production designer), Vanessa Knoll (set decorator)

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

  6. "Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey" (Netflix)
    Gavin Bocquet (production designer), Rob Cameron (set decorator)

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

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

  9. "Wonder Woman 1984" (HBO Max/Warner Bros)
    Aline Bonetto (production designer), Anna Lynch-Robinson (set decorator)

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

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Michael Stuhlbarg and Elisabeth Moss appear in “Shirley Courtesy of Sundance Institute | Thatcher Keats

ALSO IN CONTENTION:

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

  2. "Shirley" (Neon)
    Sue Chan (production designer), Alexander Linde (set decorator)

  3. "The World to Come" (Bleecker Street)
    Jean-Vincent Puzos (production designer)

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

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

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

  7. "An American Pickle" (HBO Max)
    William Arnold (production designer), Karuna Karmarkar, Thomas F. Kelly (set decorator)

  8. "Rebecca" (Netflix)
    Sarah Greenwood (production designer), Katie Spencer (set decorator)

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

  10. "Nine Days" (Sony Pictures Classics)
    Dan Hermansen (production designer)

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Elisabeth Moss in “The Invisible Man” (Universal Pictures) Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

UNRANKED AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  • "Antlers" (Searchlight Pictures) – Tim Grimes (production designer), Hamish Purdy (set decorator)
  • "Birds of Prey" (Warner Bros.) – K.K. Barrett, (production designer), Florencia Martin (set decorator)
  • "The Father" (Sony Pictures Classics) – Peter Francis, (production designer), Cathy Featherstone (set decorator)
  • "French Exit" (Sony Pictures Classics) – Jean-Andre Carriere, (production designer), Joëlle Péloquin (set decorator)
  • "Herself" (Amazon Studios) – Tamara Conboy, (production designer), Nenazoma McNamee (art director)
  • "The Invisible Man" (Universal Pictures) – Alex Holmes (production designer), Katie Sharrock (set decorator)
  • "The Outpost" (Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment) – P. Erik Carlson (production designer), Orlin Grozdanov (set decorator)
  • "Palm Springs" (Hulu/Neon) – Jason Kisvarday (production designer), Kelsi Ephraim (set decorator)
  • "The White Tiger" (Netflix) – Chad Keith (production designer), Yasmin Sethi and Tiya Tejpal (set decorators)
  • "The Witches" (HBO Max) – Gary Freeman (production designer), Raffaella Giovannetti (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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