OSCARS 2012 NOMINATIONS : Best Production Design

 
The Contenders

Abraham Lincoln

Anna Karenina

Argo

Beasts of the S

Bel Ami

Cloud Atlas

Dark Shadows

Django Unchaine

Great Expectati

Hyde Park on Hu

John Carter

Lawless

Les Miserables

Life of Pi

Lincoln

Mirror Mirror

On the Road

Prometheus

Skyfall

Snow White and

The Avengers

The Dark Knight

The Deep Blue S

The Hobbit: An

The Hunger Game

The Impossible

The Master

To the Wonder

Zero Dark Thirt
Best Production Design

 In the last 20 years, no contemporary film has won this category (renamed from Best Art Direction), Last year, "Hugo" won the award which favors period and fantasy films. 

This year, two-time nominee Eve Stewart is favored to win for recreating 18th century Paris in "Les Miserables."  (See latest odds here.)

Her strongest rivals remain three-time nominees Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer for their combination of theatrical and realistic looks for "Anna Karenina." (Track changing odds in this race by scrolling down to the bottom of this page.) 

Oscar champ Rick Carter ("Avatar") could claim a bookend for his work on "Lincoln," which depicts both battlefields and the nation's capital during the Civil War.

Dan Hennah contended for all three films in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, winning in 2005 for the final installment "The Return of the King"). He reunites with Peter Jackson for the three "Hobbit" films and is expected to be a nominee this year for the first in that series -- "An Unexpected Journey."  

Sharon Seymour could reap her first Oscar bid for "Argo." 

Jack Fisk ("The Master") picked up his only Oscar nod for "There Will Be Blood," his last collaboration with Paul Thomas Anderson.

Production designer J. Michael Riva passed away in 2012; he earned a nomination for "The Color Purple" and could earn a posthumous bid for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." 

Ridley Scott's science-fiction epic "Prometheus" (two-time nominee Arthur Max) could be a contender, as could the disaster drama "The Impossible" ("Pan's Labyrinth" Oscar-winners Eugenio Caballero and Pilar Revuelta).

Experts’ Rankings
Thelma Adams
Matt Atchity
Edward Douglas
1
Anna Karenina
Les Miserables
Les Miserables
2
Les Miserables
Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
3
Lincoln
Lincoln
Lincoln
Editors’ Rankings
Chris Beachum
Marcus Dixon
Rob Licuria
1
Les Miserables
Les Miserables
Anna Karenina
2
Lincoln
Anna Karenina
Les Miserables
3
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Lincoln
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