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2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

UPDATED: Apr. 21, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: With the most nominations of any film, Fincher’s take on old Hollywood has won virtually every award that’s been handed out in this space, with no real challenger to upset — unless you think “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” could go on a sweep, which is highly unlikely.

Will win:Mank” – Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale
Could win: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
Should win: “Mank”
Should have been here: “Promising Young Woman” – Michael Perry, Rae Deslich

PRECURSORS LEADER:
Mank” (Netflix) – Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale
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AND THE NOMINEES ARE:

  1. "Mank" (Netflix)
    Donald Graham Burt (production designer), Jan Pascale (set decorator)
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    OSCAR HISTORY:
    Burt - 1 nomination, 1 win (2008's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button")
    Pascale - 1 nomination (2005's "Good Night, and Good Luck.")


    DIRECTOR: David Fincher
    SYNOPSIS: 1930s Hollywood is re-evaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane for Orson Welles.
    STARRING: Tom Burke, Lily Collins, Joseph Cross, Charles Dance, Monika Gossman, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jamie McShane, Tuppence Middleton, Toby Leonard Moore, Gary Oldman, Tom Pelphrey, Amanda Seyfried, Sam Troughton


  2. "News of the World" (Universal Pictures)
    David Crank (production designer), Elizabeth Keenan (set decorator)
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    OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

    DIRECTOR: Paul Greengrass
    SYNOPSIS: A Civil War veteran agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to her aunt and uncle, against her will. They travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home.
    STARRING: Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel, Elizabeth Marvel, Mare Winningham, Michael Angelo Covino, Ray McKinnon


  3. "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (Netflix)
    Mark Ricker (production designer), Karen O'Hara and Diana Stoughton (set decorator)
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    OSCAR HISTORY:
    Ricker - Never nominated
    O'Hara - 2 nominations, 1 win (2010's "Alice in Wonderland")
    Stoughton - Never nominated
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    DIRECTOR: George C. Wolfe
    SYNOPSIS: Chicago, 1927. A recording session. Tensions rise between Ma Rainey, her ambitious horn player and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable "Mother of the Blues". Based on Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's play.
    STARRING: Chadwick Boseman, Dusan Brown, Jonny Coyne, Viola Davis, Colman Domingo, Taylour Paige, Michael Potts, Jeremy Shamos, Glynn Turman


  4. "Tenet" (Warner Bros.)
    Nathan Crowley (production designer), Kathy Lucas (set decorator)
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    OSCAR HISTORY:
    Crowley - 5 nominations (most recent for 2018's "First Man")
    Lucas - 1 nomination (2018's "First Man")


    DIRECTOR: Christopher Nolan
    SYNOPSIS: Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.
    STARRING: John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki, Robert Pattinson, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh


  5. "The Father" (Sony Pictures Classics)
    Peter Francis, (production designer), Cathy Featherstone (set decorator)
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    OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

    DIRECTOR: Florian Zeller
    SYNOPSIS: A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.
    STARRING: Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Anthony Hopkins, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, Olivia Williams


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

AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Production Design)

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The most awarded films in Oscar history are “Ben-Hur,” “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” at 11 statuettes. The most nominated films in Academy history are “All About Eve,” “Titanic” and “La La Land” at 14. “La La Land” is the only film of the three to have lost best picture. The biggest Oscar “losers,” meaning most nominated and walk away with zero awards, are 1977’s “The Turning Point” and 1985’s “The Color Purple” at 11 each. Cedric Gibbons has the most nominations with 39, winning 11 over his career. The late Roland Anderson has the most nominations without ever winning with 15.


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About the Academy Awards (Oscars)

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. Since 1927, nominees and winners are selected by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). 17 branches are represented within the near 10,000 person membership. The branches are actors, associates, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, documentary, executives, film editors, makeup and hairstylists, marketing and public relations, members-at-large, members-at-large (artists’ representatives), music, producers, production design, short films and feature animation, sound, visual effects and writers.

  • The Oscars are scheduled for Sunday, April 25, 2021.

About the Golden Globes

The Golden Globes Awards, hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is held annually with 93 members since 1944. The group recognizes excellence in film and television across drama and comedy or musical categories. Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” holds the record for the most awards won by a single film with seven. Milos Forman’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and Alan Parker’s “Midnight Express” are next in line with six each. Robert Altman’s “Nashville” has the record for most nominations received by a film with 11 while Colin Higgins’ “Foul Play,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather Part III” and Mike Nichols’ “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” share the record for receiving the most nominations and not winning a single award at seven.

  • The Golden Globes are scheduled for Feb. 28, 2021.

About the SAG Awards

The Screen Actors Guild Awards, hosted by SAG-AFTRA, is an annual award show that has become one of the most important and key indicators for the Oscars. Four films have won the most SAG awards with three: 1999’s “American Beauty,” 2002’s “Chicago,” 2011’s “The Help” and 2017’s “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Three movies have been nominated for the most SAG awards with five: 1998’s “Shakespeare in Love,” “Chicago” and 2008’s “Doubt.”

  • The SAG Awards are scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 4, 2021