Art Directors Guild Awards preview: Oscar frontrunner ‘La La Land’ will win here first

La La Land,” which is far out in front to win the Oscar for Best Production Design according to our experts, is all but certain to win at the Art Directors Guild  Awards on Saturday (Feb. 11). It contends in the contemporary category and has leading odds of 1/10.

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One of its Oscar rivals, “Arrival” is tipped to take the fantasy film prize and has odds of 8/11. Among those it is predicted to prevail over are the Oscar-nominated “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (3/1) and “Passengers” (66/1).

However the fifth Oscar nominee,  “Hail, Caesar!,” is only at 12/1 in the period film race behind “Jackie” (4/9) and “Hidden Figures” (8/1).

These kudos have a stellar record at previewing the Academy Awards. Over the first two decades of these prizes, the eventual Oscar winner for Best Production Design has always numbered among the ADG nominees in the various categories.

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Period Film nominees are:
“Cafe Society” (Santo Loquasto)
“Fences” (David Gropman)
“Hacksaw Ridge” (Barry Robison)
“Hail, Caesar!” (Jess Gonchor)
“Hidden Figures” (Wynn Thomas)
“Jackie” (Jean Rabasse)

Fantasy Film nominees are:
“Arrival” (Patrice Vermette)
“Doctor Strange” (Charles Wood)
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (Stuart Craig)
“Passengers” (Guy Hendrix Dyas)
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (Doug Chiang, Neil Lamont)

Contemporary Film nominees are:
“Hell or High Water” (Tom Duffield)
“La La Land” (David Wasco)
“Lion” (Chris Kennedy)
“Manchester by the Sea” (Ruth De Jong)
“Nocturnal Animals” (Shane Valentino)

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