Oscars Predictions: Best Production Design – Can ‘Nightmare Alley’ Charm the Art Directors?

Other notable contenders include "Being the Ricardos," "Cyrano," "Belfast," "The French Dispatch," "Nightmare Alley" and "The Tragedy of Macbeth."

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2022 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

UPDATED: Jan 13, 2022

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: More commentary to be added.

Oscar nominations voting begins on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, and will end on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. The official Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, with the ceremony taking place on Sunday, Mar. 27, 2022.

Precursor Awards Leader: “Dune” (Warner Bros) – Patrice Vermette, Richard Roberts, Zsuzsanna Sipos
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Rebecca Ferguson stars as Lady Jessica in ‘Dune.’ Courtesy of Warner Bros.

ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:
RANK FILM STUDIO PRODUCTION DESIGNER/SET DECORATOR
1 Nightmare Alley Searchlight Pictures Tamara Deverell, Shane Vieau
2 “Dune” Warner Bros Patrice Vermette, Richard Roberts, Zsuzsanna Sipos
3 “West Side Story” 20th Century Studios Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo
4 “Belfast” Focus Features Jim Clay, Claire Nia Richards
5 “Last Night in Soho” Focus Features Victoria Allwood, Emily Norris, Judy Farr
NEXT IN LINE
6 “Cyrano” MGM/United Artists Releasing Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
7 “The Tragedy of Macbeth” Apple Original Films/A24 Stefan Dechant, Nancy Haigh
8 “The French Dispatch” Searchlight Pictures Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo
9 “The Power of the Dog” Netflix Grant Major, Amber Richards
10 “Being the Ricardos” Amazon Studios Jon Hutman, Ellen Brill
OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS
11 “The Last Duel” 20th Century Studios Arthur Max, Judy Farr
12 “No Time to Die” MGM/United Artists Releasing Mark Tildesley, Veronique Melery
13 “The Harder They Fall” Netflix Martin Whist, Jay Hart, Cynthia La Jeunesse, Anthony Whitman
14 “Spencer” Neon Guy Hendrix-Dyas, Yesim Zolan
15 “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain” Amazon Studios Suzie Davies, Charlotte Dirickx
16 “Licorice Pizza” MGM/United Artists Releasing Florencia Martin, Ryan Watson
17 “Cruella” Walt Disney Pictures Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
18 “Respect” MGM/United Artists Releasing Ina Mayhew, Sarah Carter
19 “Passing” Netflix Nora Mendis, Paige Mitchell
20 “The Green Knight” A24 Jade Healy, Jenny Oman
ALSO IN CONTENTION
21 “House of Gucci” MGM/United Artists Releasing Arthur Max, Letizia Santucci
22 “Spider-Man: No Way Home” Sony Pictures Darren Gilford, Rosemary Brandenburg
23 “Eternals” Marvel Studios Eve Stewart, Maya Henson, Michael Standish
24 “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” Marvel Studios Sue Chan, David A Cook
25 “Don’t Look Up” Netflix Clayton Hartley, Tara Pavoni
26 “Tick, Tick … Boom!” Netflix Alex DiGerlando, Lydia Marks
27 “A Quiet Place Part II” Paramount Pictures Jess Gonchor, Michael Joseph Amato, Nancy Haigh
28 “Mothering Sunday” Sony Pictures Classics Helen Scott, Hannah Spice
29 “Annette” Amazon Studios Florian Sanson, Marion Michel
30 “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” Searchlight Pictures Laura Fox, Barbee S. Livingston
UNRANKED LISTING
“Army of the Dead” Netflix Julie Berghoff, Sophie neudorfer
“Black Widow” Marvel Studios Charles Wood, John Bush
“Blue Bayou” Focus Features Bo Koung Shin, Bradford Johnson
“C’mon C’mon” A24 Katie Byron, Elsbeth Mumm, Kendall Anderson
“Coming 2 America” Amazon Studios Jefferson Sage, Douglas Mowat
“Cry Macho” Warner Bros Ron Reiss, Christopher Carlson
“Dream Horse” Bleecker Street Daniel Taylor, Charlotte Dirickx
“Encounter” Amazon Studios Tim Grimes, Lucila Caro
“Finch” Apple Original Films Tom Meyer, Jennifer M. Gentile
“Free Guy” 20th Century Studios Ethan Tobman, Kimberly Leonard
“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” Sony Pictures François Audouy, Paul Healy
“In the Heights” Warner Bros Nelson Coates, Andrew Baseman
“Jungle Cruise” Walt Disney Pictures Jean-Vincent Puzos, Larry Dias
“King Richard” Warner Bros Wynn THomas, William Arnold, Brana Rosenfeld, Amy Wells
“Luca” Pixar Daniela Strijleva
“Nine Days” Sony Pictures Classics Dan Hermansen, Brian Lives
“No Sudden Move” HBO Max Hannah Beachler, Meriissa Lombardo
“Parallel Mothers” Sony Pictures Classics To be added
“Raya and the Last Dragon” Walt Disney Pictures Paul Felix, Mingiue Helen Chen, Cory Loftis
“Stillwater” Focus Features Philip Messina, Sophie Phillips
“Swan Song” Apple Original Films Annie Beauchamp, Shannon Gottlieb
“The Card Counter” Focus Features Ashley Fenton, Mary Goodson
“The Colour Room” Sky Cinema Damien Creagh, Marian Murray
“The Hand of God” Netflix Carmine Guarino, Iole Autero
“The Lost Daughter” Netflix Inbal Weinberg, Christine-Athina Vlachos
“The Many Saints of Newark” Warner Bros Bob Shaw, Regina Graves
“The Matrix: Resurrections” Warner Bros Hugh Bateup, Peter Walpole, Lisa Brennan
“The Mitchells vs. the Machines” Netflix Lindsey Olivares
“The Souvenir Part II” A24 Stéphane Collonge
“The Suicide Squad” Warner Bros Beth Mickle, Lisa Sessions Morgan
“The Tender Bar” Amazon Studios Kalina Ivanov, Melissa M. Levander
“The Tomorrow War” Amazon Studios Peter Wenham, Beauchamp Fontaine
“Titane” Neon Laurie Colson, Lise Péault, Bruno Taddei
“Together Together” Bleecker Street Ashley Fenton, Ashley Swanson
“Together” Bleecker Street Karen Wakefield

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 most significant 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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