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  • Jason Travis
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    Been pondering this for a while now. What exactly did The Revenant have in it that constitutes art direction-set decoration worthy of the top 5? It’s a beautifully shot movie, but unless the director had his crew build trees from the ground up- why was this nominated? Is Production Design more then just sets? Is it atmosphere? 

    Other weird Art Direction nominees I’ve never understood include-

    Terms of Endearment
    Hannah and her Sisters
    Rain Man
    The Prince of Tides
     

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    Wombat988
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    The huts in the woods looked pretty good I guess. Not sure it really deserved to be in over films like Room. Maybe a category for best location scouting is needed?

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    Hunter Logan
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    The entire film wasn’t set outdoors. The huts were done very nicely, and the camp that the other characters were stationed in was great as well. When there was production to be designed, it was exceptional; however, I agree that it wasn’t top 5 worthy. 

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    kvothe_snow
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    It was very hard to make those huts in cold weather

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    babypook
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    Jack Fisk, (and his long-time cohort, David Crank) and Hamish Purdy, who has an interesting resume himself.

    Cant speak for the film itself, but I would be extremely happy to see Jack Fisk finally up on that stage.

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    CanadianFan
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    Good call regarding the settlements — those opening scenes are stunning.

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    Riley
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    It was nominated in production design and costumes because the Oscars really like The Revenant.  It is usually BAFTA that gives out these ridiculous nominations (Gravity in screenplay, Argo in actor, The Artist in sound), but they thankfully avoided that this year, so it the academy picked up the slack.  Underestimate The Revenant for the Oscars at your own peril.

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    Eddy Q
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    This article provides some insight on the sets for The Revenant:

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/church-bells-and-buffalo-skulls-production-designer-jack-fisk-talks-the-revenant-sets-20160108 

    The ruined church in particular is stunning; in fact it might be the only reason why the scene it’s in works at all. There’s even a few close-ups of the recreated frescoes, but perhaps people blinked too long.

    I would actually vote for The Revenant in this category; yes even over those car designs in Mad Max! I may be biased due to my passion for Jack Fisk, but I don’t think so. This is some of his very best work. 

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    CanadianFan
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    That article actually makes ‘The Revenant’ look like an inspired nomination rather than a lazy one.

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    This thing is the same as those contemporary dresses getting snubbed over and over at Costume Design, a category that only remembers period piece films, instead of focusing on the impact that the costume design creates to a movie, a story, and emotion.

    I haven’t seen The Revenant but I think the production design fit the story. It doesn’t matter if you only have a tree in the middle of the desert, it’s how you put that tree and how emotional it becomes. For example, Jack Fisk also did a wonderful job at There will be blood. Sometimes production design is more than decorating a palace or a castle.

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    This thing is the same as those contemporary dresses getting snubbed over and over at Costume Design, a category that only remembers period piece films, instead of focusing on the impact that the costume design creates to a movie, a story, and emotion.

    I haven’t seen The Revenant but I think the production design fit the story. It doesn’t matter if you only have a tree in the middle of the desert, it’s how you put that tree and how emotional it becomes. For example, Jack Fisk also did a wonderful job at There will be blood. Sometimes production design is more than decorating a palace or a castle.

    I agree. I don’t understand why always period films win Costume Design. They shouldn’t be acknowledging the same thing over and over again.  

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    The Revenant’s nomination in this field comes to remember us, like said before, that the best production design doesn’t necessarily mean the most beautiful buildings and/or indoors. It’s not reduced to just an architectural criteria. It’s about the settings as a whole, and this includes landscapes as well. It’s about environments, and how these fit to the content and message of the movie. How they contribute to tell the story. And those trees, forests, rivers and mountains had to be carefully thought; locations had to be carefully selected and disposed, it wasn’t about just filming anywhere arbitrarily. That’s what the production design points to, and having just seen The Revenant, I think it is truly a remarkable work.

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    The Revenant’s nomination in this field comes to remember us, like said before, that the best production design doesn’t necessarily mean the most beautiful buildings and/or indoors. It’s not reduced to just an architectural criteria. It’s about the settings as a whole, and this includes landscapes as well. It’s about environments, and how these fit to the content and message of the movie. How they contribute to tell the story. And those trees, forests, rivers and mountains had to be carefully thought; locations had to be carefully selected and disposed, it wasn’t about just filming anywhere arbitrarily. That’s what the production design points to, and having just seen The Revenant, I think it is truly a remarkable work.

    This.

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    Jason Travis
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    Interesting answers- though I still wonder then why the academy chooses to give the awards to the flashier sets and designs.

    I agree contemporary costumes are vastly overlooked. Devil Wears Prada and Blue Jasmine both would have gotten my vote in their respective years, and the latter didn’t even get nominated. 

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    Because art directors know more about art direction then the peanut gallery, hence its ADG win.

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