Will ‘Great Gatsby’s’ Roaring ’20s roar through Production Design Oscar race?

The Oscar for Best Production Design — often associated with lavish sets, interiors, and settings — is usually awarded to period films or fantasies. The most recent winner was “Lincoln,” set in the halls of government during the Civil War, and other recent winners include period pieces “Hugo,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” and “The Aviator,” as well as fantasies “Alice in Wonderland,” “Avatar,” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.”

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was nominated in 2012, and the second part of Peter Jackson‘s trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” could earn a return bid; production designer Dan Hennah previously won for Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

Catherine Martin, who is married to director Baz Luhrmann in addition to designing his sets and costumes, won Oscars in both of those categories for his 2001 musical “Moulin Rouge.” She was also nominated in this category for “Romeo + Juliet” and for the costumes in “Australia.” She’s a contender again in both categories for Luhrmann’s visually sumptuous 3D adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.”

A number of other period films are also in the running, including “12 Years a Slave,” “The Monuments Men,” “The Invisible Woman,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and “Saving Mr. Banks.”

Fantasy films with a chance to be nominated include “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “Oz the Great and Powerful,” “Elysium,” “Man of Steel,” and “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

A few more contemporary titles could break through as well. Those inlude “Philomena,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” “The Conjuring,” and “August: Osage County.”

Review the nominees below and make your predictions:

One thought on “Will ‘Great Gatsby’s’ Roaring ’20s roar through Production Design Oscar race?

  1. I know it is a long shot, but I sincerely hope The Conjuring starts a strong campaign for a nomination here. The academy may look the other way at horror films, but the production design here was truly stellar.

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