Oscars 2022: Best Production Design Predictions

In a world-building competition, “Dune” goes up against “West Side Story” and “Nightmare Alley.” Constantly updated.

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Update Feb 9: Sand dunes” (Warner Bros.) take on “West Side Story” (Fox/Disney) “Nightmare Alley” (Searchlight/Disney) “The Tragedy of Macbeth” (Apple TV+) and “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix) in production design race. This content is divided into sci-fi (“Dune”), period (“West Side Story,” “Nightmare Alley,” “The Power of the Dog”), and unknown (“Macbeth” black and white) periods. .

However, the ambitious and imaginative world-building for Denis Villeneuve “Dune” was a precursor for production designer Patrice Vermette and decorator Zsuzsanna Sipos. They oversaw a series of large-scale studios at Origo Studios in Budapest. There’s the castle of the Atreides family on the oceanic planet Caladan and highlighted by its Norwegian vibe with splashes of speckled color. The interior of the desert planet Arrakis has an Egyptian influence with arid browns, ores, and reds. The goth-looking planet, Giedi Prime, has a dark cave interior, where they also built the huge, majestic Baron Harkonnen (Stellan Skarsgård) sauna. Additionally, Vermette, art director David Doran and concept artist George Hull created the chapters: flying vehicles with giant dragonfly-like wings. Crafted by London-based prop manufacturers, BGI, they have a wingspan of 129 feet and are 75 feet long.

Oscar-winning producer Adam Stockhausen (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) performed the musical for the first time with Steven Spielberg in “West Side Story” (with studio decorator Rena DeAngelo). Stockhausen brings a chilling realism to the late ’50s setting for a turbulent love story and violent rivalry between the Jets and Sharks. There are location shots in New York City (Washington Heights, Harlem, Queens, Bronx) and New Jersey (Patterson, Newark), with the latest wrinkle being the addition of the demolition sphere as part of the split back to the Upper West Side of the San Juan Hills that would eventually become Lincoln Center. This helped create a geographical distinction, with the wreckage already laid out for the Jets’ vicinity. For the indoor scenes, they shot at Brooklyn’s Steiner Studios, making creative use of historic Navy Yard (especially for Rumble in a rock salt barn). The biggest logistical challenge came for the dance show “America,” which spanned multiple Queens and Patterson venues, and ended with a shot of the Puerto Rican group in Washington Heights.

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With “Nightmare Alley,” Guillermo del Toro speaks for the first time, telling the chilling cautionary tale of ruthless killer Bradley Cooper. Production designer Tamara Deverell and decorator Shane Vieau put together a carnival inspired by Edward Hopper, with custom dyed fabric treatments. The highlight is the fun house, which del Torro describes as the hell on earth that haunts his childhood dreams. By contrast, Chicago’s high society Art Deco is imbued with opulent facades in hotels and nightclubs, while psychiatrist Blanchett’s stylish office is infused with quintessential rorschach details. craftsmanship in woodwork hints at charm.

With Jane Campion’s Psychological West, “The Power of the Dog,” production designer Grant Major and set decorator Amber Richards Richards built a monumental home for two herding brothers Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons as a supporting character. Set in 1920s Montana but filmed in New Zealand, Craftsman’s design is oriental in style, dark and claustrophobic. The geographical location of the house also plays a part in the character’s motivations, particularly a wide staircase that becomes a prop for Cumberbatch during his constant torture of his sister-in-law Dunst. A Spartan bedroom with two cribs conveys the brothers’ shared history
and deeply connected.

For Joel Coen’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, production designer Stefan Dechant and decorator Nancy Haigh incorporated influences from “Siegfried,” “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” “Sunrise” and “The Night of the Hunter” for German Expressionism lean toward both theater and cinema. It’s Shakespearean world-building, shot on a soundstage in LA, emphasizing large geometric blocks with sets carved from light and shadow, to represent troubled states of mind. by Macbeth.

Here are the candidates ranked in order of likelihood of winning:
“Sand Dunes”
“Western Tales”
“Nightmare Alley”
“The Power of the Dog”
“The Tragedy of Macbeth”

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