Tag: best production design

2022 Oscars Challenge: [38] “Nightmare Alley” (Four Nominations)

FILM #38 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“Nightmare Alley”MARCH 25, 2022HULU DAY 46 OF 48 Best Motion Picture of the YearProduced by Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale and Bradley Cooper Best Achievement in CinematographyCinematography by Dan Laustsen Best Achievement in Costume DesignCostume Design by Luis Sequeira Best Achievement in Production DesignProduction Design by Tamara DeverellSet Decoration by Shane Vieau Best … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [38] “Nightmare Alley” (Four Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [37] “The Power of the Dog” (Twelve Nominations)

FILM #37 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“The Power of the Dog”MARCH 24, 2022NETFLIX DAY 45 OF 48 Best Motion Picture of the YearProduced by Jane Campion, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Roger Frappier Best Achievement in DirectingDirected by Jane Campion Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading RolePerformance by Benedict Cumberbatch Best Performance by an actor in … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [37] “The Power of the Dog” (Twelve Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [34] “Dune” (Ten Nominations)

FILM #34 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“DUNE”MARCH 20, 2022HBO MAX DAY 41 OF 48 Best Motion Picture of the YearProduced by Mary Parent, Denis Villeneuve and Cale Boyter Best Achievement in CinematographyCinematography by Greig Fraser Best Achievement in Costume DesignCostume Design by Jacqueline West and Robert Morgan Best Achievement in Film EditingEdited by Joe Walker Best Achievement in Makeup and … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [34] “Dune” (Ten Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [18] “The Tragedy of Macbeth” (Three Nominations)

FILM #18 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“The Tragedy of Macbeth”FEBRUARY 27, 2022APPLE TV+ DAY 20 OF 48 Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading RolePerformance by Denzel Washington Best Achievement in CinematographyPerformance by Bruno Delbonnel Best Achievement in Production DesignProduction Design by Stefan DechantSet Decoration by Nancy Haigh Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Denzel Washington … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [18] “The Tragedy of Macbeth” (Three Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Tenet” (Two Nominations)

TENET BEST PRODUCTION DESIGNBEST VISUAL EFFECTS After being dismissed from his job, a CIA agent joins a shadowy group of international espionage agents who invert time in an effort to prevent an impending global war that could destroy the planet. Production Design: Nathan CrowleySet Decoration: Kathy Lucas Walking into any Christopher Nolan film, you know the Production Design is going to be exquisite. And … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Tenet” (Two Nominations)

2020 Oscars Challenge: [37] “The Irishman” — Ten Nominations

What a year it is when we’re talking about a Martin Scorsese film being “unlikely” to win Best Picture. Top that off with a film that’s garnering ten nominations, at least as far as my projections, is “unlikely” to win all ten. I expect “The Irishman” to be completely shut out this year and that’s absolutely bonkers when you think of how prestigious Scorsese is. But it just goes to show you what kind of year we’ve had for movies.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Parasite” — Six Nominations

Let’s just bask in the fact that absolutely no one nominated for this film has ever been nominated for an Academy Award before. Even the country of South Korea had yet to even gain a nomination. Now Bong Joon Ho and the rest of his crew can get their names in the history books. And “Parasite” is actually one of the Big Three, with runner-up status as we speak. The only reason it’s not front and center is because “1917” has been cleaning up the awards, from the PGA to the DGA to the Globes. “Parasite” has done well in its own right, winning the SAG Ensemble award as well as Best International Film at the Globes. It simply depends where the Academy leans.

2019 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mary Poppins Returns” – Four Nominations

“MARY POPPINS RETURNS” Director: Rob MarshallProducers: Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, Marc PlattWriter: David MageeBased On: “Mary Poppins” by P.L. TraversCinematography: Dion BeebeEditor: Wyatt SmithComposer: Marc ShaimanDistributors: Walt Disney PicturesRelease Date: December 19, 2018Budget: $130 millionRun-time: 130 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Michael Banks, now a widower with three children, and his sister Jane are astonished when their former nanny, Mary Poppins, suddenly returns one day. Aided … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mary Poppins Returns” – Four Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [29] “Black Panther” – Seven Nominations

“BLACK PANTHER”Kevin Feige Director: Ryan CooglerProducers: Kevin FeigeWriters: Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert ColeBased On: “Black Panther” by Stan Lee and Jack KirbyCinematography: Rachel MorrisonEditors: Michael P. Shawver and Debbie BermanComposer: Ludwig GöranssonProduction Company: Marvel StudiosDistributors: Walt Disney PicturesRelease Date: February 16, 2018Budget: $210 millionRun-time: 134 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: After the death of his father, Prince T’Challa returns to his African homeland of Wakanda, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [29] “Black Panther” – Seven Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [25] “First Man” – Four Nominations

“FIRST MAN” Director: Damien ChazelleProducers: Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Isaac Klausner, and Damien ChazelleWriters: Josh SingerBased On: “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong” by James R. HansenCinematography: Linus SandgrenEditor: Tom CrossComposer: Justin HurwitzDistributors: Universal PicturesRelease Date: October 12, 2018Budget: $59 millionRun-time: 141 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1961, test pilot and engineer Neil Armstrong joins NASA, which has been charged with landing an … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [25] “First Man” – Four Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [15] “The Favourite” – Ten Nominations

“THE FAVOURITE”Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos Director: Yorgos LanthimosProducers: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos LanthimosWriters: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamaraCinematography: Robbie RyanEditor: Yorgos MavropsaridisComposer: Komeil S. HosseiniDistributor: Fox Searchlight PicturesRelease Date: November 23, 2018Budget: $15 millionRun-time: 120 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In the early 1700s, Queen Anne, in poor health and emotionally unstable, allows her most trusted confidante, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [15] “The Favourite” – Ten Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Roma” – Ten Nominations

“ROMA”Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón Director: Alfonso CuarónProducers: Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodríguez, and Nicolas CelisWriters: Alfonso CuarónCinematography: Alfonso CuarónEditors: Alfonso Cuarón and Adam GoughComposer: Steven PriceDistributor: NetflixRelease Date: November 21, 2018Budget: $15 millionRun-time: 135 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In Mexico City in the early 1970s, Cleo is a maid in the household of a middle-class doctor. She takes on increasing responsibility caring for the family’s … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Roma” – Ten Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [42] “Darkest Hour” – 6 Nominations

“DARKEST HOUR” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten and Douglas Urbanski Director: Joe Wright Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten and Douglas Urbanski Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel Editor: Dylan Tichenor Composer: Valerio Bonelli Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: November 22, 2017 Run-time: 125 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Controversial politician Winston Churchill is appointed prime minister during the early days of World War … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [42] “Darkest Hour” – 6 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [39] “The Shape Of Water” – 13 Nominations

“THE SHAPE OF WATER” Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale Director: Guillermo del Toro Producers: Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale Cinematography: Dan Laustsen Editor: Sidney Wolinsky Composer: Alexandre Desplat Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures Release Date: December 1, 2017 Run-time: 123 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1962, janitor Elisa Esposito works at a classified government laboratory that tests new technology to help defeat the … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [39] “The Shape Of Water” – 13 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [38] “Dunkirk” – 8 Nominations

“DUNKIRK” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan Director & Writer: Christopher Nolan Producers: Emma Thomas & Christopher Nolan Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema Editor: Lee Smith Composer: Hans Zimmer Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Release Date: July 21, 2017 Run-time: 106 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In the Spring of 1940, hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are trapped by German forces on the beaches of Dunkirk in … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [38] “Dunkirk” – 8 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [35] “Blade Runner 2049” – 5 Nominations

Director: Denis Villeneuve Producers: Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Bud Yorkin, & Cynthia Sikes Yorkin Writers: Hampton Fancher & Michael Green Cinematography: Roger A. Deakins Composer: Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Release Date: October 6, 2017 Run-time: 163 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 2049, three decades after original blade runner Rick Deckard went missing, LAPD officer K is tasked with eliminating older, … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [35] “Blade Runner 2049” – 5 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [17] “Beauty and the Beast” – 2 Nominations

Director: Bill Condon Writers: Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos Cinematography: Tobias A. Schliessler Editor: Virginia Katz Composer: Alan Menken Distributor: Walt Disney Motion Pictures Release Date: March 17, 2017 Run-time: 129 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Furious that her father has been imprisoned for petty theft, book-loving villager Belle takes his place in the mysterious castle where he is being held. Belle stands up to the castle’s … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [17] “Beauty and the Beast” – 2 Nominations

2017 Oscars Challenge: [9] “Passengers” (2 nominations)

Directed by: Morten Tyldum Written by: Jon Spaihts Cinematography by: Rodrigo Prieto Music by: Thomas Newman Distributed by: Columbia Pictures Release Date: December 21, 2016 Budget: $110 million   FILM SYNOPSIS: Jim Preston and Aurora Lane, two passengers aboard a luxurious starship bound for an interplanetary colony, are unexpectedly awoken from suspended animation 90 years early. As the only humans awake, the pair relies … Read More 2017 Oscars Challenge: [9] “Passengers” (2 nominations)

2017 Oscars Challenge: [9] “Passengers” – Best Production Design

“PASSENGERS” Guy Hendrix Dyas (Production Design); Gene Serdena (Set Decoration) Directed by: Morten Tyldum Written by: Jon Spaihts Cinematography by: Rodrigo Prieto Music by: Thomas Newman Distributed by: Columbia Pictures Release Date: December 21, 2016 Budget: $110 million   FILM SYNOPSIS: Jim Preston and Aurora Lane, two passengers aboard a luxurious starship bound for an interplanetary colony, are unexpectedly awoken from suspended animation 90 … Read More 2017 Oscars Challenge: [9] “Passengers” – Best Production Design

2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Production Design

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Colin Gibson (Production Design); Lisa Thompson (Set Decoration) There’s building locations and designing sets and then there’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” where you’re custom building 130 vehicles to take part in one of the most epic chase scenes of all time. And these aren’t just vehicles that were driven onto set. These vehicles are meticulously designed to match the spirit … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Production Design

2016 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Bridge Of Spies” – Best Production Design

BRIDGE OF SPIES Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich (Set Decoration) Listening to “Bridge Of Spies” production designer Adam Stockhausen talk about his process, the thing he mentions a few times is how much Berlin has changed since the days of the Cold War and the Berlin Wall, which make it almost impossible to film a historically accurate period piece there … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Bridge Of Spies” – Best Production Design

2016 Oscars Challenge: [24] “The Martian” – Best Production Design

THE MARTIAN Arthur Max (Production Design); Celia Bobak (Set Decoration) Bringing to life the world of NASA in the not-too-distant future doesn’t seem like the greatest stretch of the imagination. Production Designer Arthur Max describes getting sketches and details about the true-to-life probes that were created in the film. Max also discusses creating the life-sized exterior of the HAB, which is the place character … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [24] “The Martian” – Best Production Design

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – 10 nominations

“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Doug Mitchell, George Miller, and P. J. Voeten // Directed by George Miller // // Dated Viewed: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 // BLU-RAY //  6 films – 6 days //

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Bridge Of Spies” – 6 nominations

“BRIDGE OF SPIES” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, and Kristie Macosko Krieger // Directed by Steven Spielberg // // Dated Viewed: Sunday, February 14th, 2016 // DVD //  11 films – 15 days //

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [24] “The Martian” – 7 nominations

“THE MARTIAN” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Aditya Sood, Michael Schaefer, and Mark Huffam // Directed by Ridley Scott // // Dated Viewed: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 // BLU-RAY //  18 films – 26 days //

2016 Oscars Challenge: [11] “The Danish Girl” – Best Production Design

THE DANISH GIRL Eve Stewart (Production Design); Michael Standish (Set Decoration) In “The Danish Girl,” the audience is taken to many flats of the era, whether it be Einar and Gerda’s home in Copenhagen, which doubles as their art studio, the theater where they borrow wigs and stage clothes, or the many art gallery showings to which they attend, where the paintings of the … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [11] “The Danish Girl” – Best Production Design

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [11] “The Danish Girl” – 4 nominations

“THE DANISH GIRL” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Anne Harrison, Tom Hooper, and Gail Mutrux //Directed by Tom Hooper // // Dated Viewed: Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 // LAEMMLE NOHO //  31 films – 37 days //

2016 Oscars Challenge: [5] “The Revenant” – Best Production Design

THE REVENANT Jack Fisk (Production Design); Hamish Purdy (Set Decoration) What can you say? The fort in the film, that was made by Jack Fisk, was made to be filmed 360 degrees without showing signs of construction. Instead of sound stages and sets, director Alejandro G. Iñárritu used actual wilderness, so location and the design of that location were key. The sets in the … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [5] “The Revenant” – Best Production Design

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [5] “The Revenant” – 12 nominations

“THE REVENANT” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon //Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu // // Dated Viewed: Sunday, January 17th, 2016 // LAEMMLE NOHO 7 //  37 films – 43 days //

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [16] Mr. Turner – Best Production Design

“MR. TURNER” Suzie Davies (Production Design); Charlotte Watts (Set Decoration) The elaborate sets and detailed production design are on full display in “Mr. Turner”. One set in particular that comes to mind is Turner’s workspace in his father’s mansion. Tables covered with paint and cups holding brushes, an easel standing next to a giant open window, and actual paintings lining the walls, this imagery … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [16] Mr. Turner – Best Production Design

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Production Design

“THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL” Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration) “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and Wes Anderson are the definition of Production Design. Every frame of Anderson’s films are like a painting, with rich, extraordinary colors, intricate attention to detail, and a quality so unique it’s impossible not to know you’re watching one of Anderson’s films. Almost all the establishing footage in … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Production Design

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [9] Interstellar – Best Production Design

“INTERSTELLAR” Nathan Crowley (Production Design); Gary Fettis (Set Decoration) Production designers immerse not only the audience but the actors and their characters in the sets that they design. Every object in a frame of a major motion picture is thought out. So when a production designer takes on the task of creating a future world as seen in “Interstellar,” the meaning behind their job … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [9] Interstellar – Best Production Design

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [36] 12 Years A Slave – Nine Nominations

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas “12 Years A Slave” is the film that will be remembered from 2013. It does matter if this wins or “Gravity” wins or even “American Hustle”. What matters is that this film explored the nature of history and of slavery unlike any film before its time, from a black director who makes an … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [36] 12 Years A Slave – Nine Nominations

2014 Oscars Challenge: [30] Her – Five Nominations

Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay “Her” was my favorite film of 2014. Not only is Joaquin Phoenix perfectly cast in the film, but the writing and production on screen is absolutely phenomenal. Capturing a future not too far off where a new operating system is released that has artificial intelligence and has its own personality, Phoenix’s introvert character, Theodore Twombly, begins a … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [30] Her – Five Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [26] The Great Gatsby – Two Nominations

Catherine Martin The costumes in “The Great Gatsby”, let alone any Baz Luhrmann film, are an integral part of the experience. Especially in “Gatsby”, the costumes jump off the pages of a F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece novel, and Luhrmann along with costume designer Catherine Martin, capture this perfectly. Whether it be the suave way that they dress their Gatsby, Leonardo DiCaprio, or the amazing … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [26] The Great Gatsby – Two Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [20] American Hustle – Ten Nominations

Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, and Jonathan Gordon There are three big contenders in the Best Picture category this year: “Gravity”, “12 Years A Slave”, and “American Hustle”. Now, “Gravity” and “12 Years A Slave” are the odds-on favorites to win, both vying for the Best Directing category and leaving David O. Russell out of the mix, but the steam that is building … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [20] American Hustle – Ten Nominations

2014 Oscars Challenge: [17] Gravity – Ten Nominations

Alfonso Cuarón & David Heyman “Gravity” surprised everyone this year, bringing a female driven, original screenplay, big budget blockbuster to the masses. Warner Brothers probably couldn’t be more pleased and could mark a back to back year for the studio with “Argo” winning last year. “Gravity” lands an amazing ten nominations, with a high chance of winning most of them including Best Visual Effects, … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [17] Gravity – Ten Nominations

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For Your Consideration 2013: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Expect about the same showing, or even less, from this year’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”. With the same nominations it had last, the film could easily slide into Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. As with more characters involved and the visual effects of a dragon, there’s absolutely no reason this film can’t harness those same nominations, … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [31] Life Of Pi – Eleven Nominations

LIFE OF PI BEST PICTURE As strong of a film as “Life Of Pi” is, I do not see it winning Best Picture. In my opinion it’s down to “Argo” and “Lincoln”, with one of them taking the major award. But that doesn’t mean “Life Of Pi” won’t clean up. It’s going to win several awards out of its eleven nominations and it will … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [31] Life Of Pi – Eleven Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [16] Les Misérables – Eight Nominations

LES MISÉRABLES BEST PICTURE Sadly, despite early buzzing, “Les Misérables” lost its chance of winning Best Picture when it failed to garner both a directing nomination for Tom Hooper and an Adapted Screenplay nomination, both of which are almost a prerequisite for winning the ultimate prize for Best Picture. Since “Les Misérables” failed to reel those nominations in, it will have to settle for … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [16] Les Misérables – Eight Nominations