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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Production Design

Updated: Feb 8

Nominees: The Irishman (production design: Bob Shaw; set decoration: Regina Graves), Jojo Rabbit (production design: Ra Vincent; set decoration: Nora Sopková), 1917 (production design: Dennis Gassner; set decoration: Lee Sandales), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (production design: Barbara Ling; set decoration: Nancy Haigh), Parasite (production design: Lee Ha-jun; set decoration: Cho Won-woo)



Will Win: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (production design: Barbara Ling; set decoration: Nancy Haigh)

Runners-up: 1917 (production design: Dennis Gassner; set decoration: Lee Sandales), Parasite (production design: Lee Ha-jun; set decoration: Cho Won-woo)



Should Win: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (production design: Barbara Ling; set decoration: Nancy Haigh)

Runners-up: 1917 (production design: Dennis Gassner; set decoration: Lee Sandales), Parasite (production design: Lee Ha-jun; set decoration: Cho Won-woo)



My Choice: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (production design: Barbara Ling; set decoration: Nancy Haigh)

My Nominees: 1917 (production design: Dennis Gassner; set decoration: Lee Sandales), Parasite (production design: Lee Ha-jun; set decoration: Cho Won-woo), Jojo Rabbit (production design: Ra Vincent; set decoration: Nora Sopková), The Irishman (production design: Bob Shaw; set decoration: Regina Graves)


Runners-up: Midsommar (production design: Henrik Svensson; set direction: Klara Alfredsson Jofs Svensson and Zsuzsanna Svertecki), Little Women (production design: Jess Gonchor; set decoration: Claire Kaufman), Joker (production design: Mark Friedberg; set decoration: Kris Moran), The Last Black Man in San Francisco (production design and set decoration by Jona Tochet)



Yet another crowded category is Best Production design with five high-caliber nominees that are each deserving to take the prize. Most notable perhaps are Parasite in its construction of a house and city-scape to thematically resemble a stratified class system; 1917 in its ability to recreate the horrifying realism of the trenches and No Man's Land; and my choice to win, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh recreate late 1960s Hollywood with such artistic precision that one comes to wonder if director Quentin Tarantino did not first have to invent a time machine in order to shoot the film. The period cars, colors, and architectural styles of both the Hollywood studio sets and city streets are awe-inspiring and remarkably insert the viewers into the moment of the narrative.

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