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2022 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

UPDATED: March 24, 2022

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY

The 26th Annual Art Director’s Guild Awards honored “Nightmare Alley,” “No Time to Die” and “Encanto” taking home top film honors. The ADG Awards honor excellence in production design in theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials, music videos and animated feature films.

Dune” won at Critics Choice and BAFTA, which puts it in the driver’s seat (slightly). One of the surprising conversations with Oscar voters was how much support there is for “The Power of the Dog” in this category. This makes sense considering Grant Major is an Oscar winner for “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003).

Will win: “Dune” (Warner Bros) – Patrice Vermette (production design), Zsuzsanna Sipos (set decoration)
Could win: “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix) – Grant Major (production design), Amber Richards (set decoration)
Should win: “Nightmare Alley” (Searchlight Pictures) – Tamara Deverell (production design), Shane Vieau (set decoration)
Should have been here: “Being the Ricardos” (Amazon Studios) – Jon Hutman (production design), Ellen Brill (set decoration)

Precursor Awards Leader: “Dune” (Warner Bros) – Patrice Vermette, Richard Roberts, Zsuzsanna Sipos
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ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
RANK FILM STUDIO PRODUCTION DESIGNER/SET DECORATOR
1 “Dune” Warner Bros Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Zsuzsanna Sipos
2 “Nightmare Alley” Searchlight Pictures Production Design: Tamara Deverell; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau
3 “The Power of the Dog” Netflix Production Design: Grant Major; Set Decoration: Amber Richards
4 “West Side Story” 20th Century Studios Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo
5 “The Tragedy of Macbeth” Apple Original Films/A24 Production Design: Stefan Dechant; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

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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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 have been selected by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Seventeen 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.

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