2016 Let’s Predict: Best Production Design

Our next category is Best Production Design.

5th Most Likely To Win: Passengers

This is the second nomination for Guy Hendrix Dyas, who previously earned a nomination for Inception. While the film itself was a bit of a disappointment, the production design has been praised.

However, the film’s negative reaction makes me think that voters will be reluctant to give the film an Oscar. Plus, sci-fi isn’t a genre that Oscar voters usually respond to anyway, so I highly doubt that Passengers will win the Oscar.

4th Most Likely To Win: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

This is Stuart Craig’s tenth nomination, and Anna Pinnock’s sixth. Both of them are previous winners. It sounds good on paper. especially considering that the film won the BAFTA.

But here’s the catch: the Academy has never embraced the Harry Potter franchise. No movie from that series has ever won an Oscar, so I don’t see why this spinoff would do what the series proper couldn’t.

3rd Most Likely To Win: Hail, Caesar!

This is Jess Gonchor’s second nomination, after 2010’s True Grit. The production design in this film really sticks out, especially considering how many Oscar voters love Old Hollywood. That’s why I have it in third place.

However, this is the film’s only nomination. Not only was the film not well received, it also came out way back in February. I highly doubt that the film has enough support to earn an Oscar win.

2nd Most Likely To Win: Arrival

The two Pauls! Paul Hotte is on his first nomination, while Paul Vermette has one previous nomination for The Young Victoria. Seeing how this film is a Best Picture nominee, I think it’s very possible that it could end up winning.

But because it doesn’t have any guild wins, I can’t really see this winning. I suppose it could shock everybody, but the sets in this film aren’t even that elaborate. Plus, it’s in the same category as a certain oscar juggernaut…



La La Land

This is the first nomination for both David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco. In case you were wondering, they are husband and wife. For that reason alone, people will probably want to vote for them. Not to mention the fact that the film is done in a surrealistic style that looks effortless but probably wasn’t.

Oh, and there’s also the fact that La La Land will most likely sweep the Oscars. So, it’s reasonable to assume that people will want to vote for it in as many categories as possible.


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