Predict Best Production Design Oscar: ‘Crimson Peak,’ ‘Cinderella’ among top period/fantasy contenders

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We’ve launched the Best Production Design category in our Oscars predictions center. The award — often associated with lavish sets, interiors, and settings — is usually awarded to period films or fantasies. True to form, the most recent winner was “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” set in 1930s Eastern Europe, and other recent champs include period pieces “The Great Gatsby,” “Lincoln,” “Hugo,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “The Aviator,” as well as fantasies “Alice in Wonderland,” “Avatar” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.”

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The winning production designer for “Grand Budapest,” Adam Stockhausen, could return this year with a very different period piece: Steven Spielberg‘s earnest Cold War-drama “Bridge of Spies.” It would be the third straight nom for Stockhausen, who also contended in 2013 for “12 Years a Slave.”

But he’s not the only past champ with a chance to add to his awards haul. Dante Ferretti has won three times — “Aviator” (2004), “Sweeney Todd” (2007) and “Hugo” (2011) — and could claim a fourth title for Disney’s lavish fantasy blockbuster “Cinderella.”

Rick Carter has won twice before — “Avatar” (2009) and “Lincoln” (2012) — and this year designed one of the most anticipated films in recent memory: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Dennis Gassner won once, for “Bugsy” (1991), and has accrued five career nominations, most recently the fantasy musical “Into the Woods” in last year’s contest. He could be a contender again for “Spectre,” his third straight James Bond film following “Quantum of Solace” (2008) and “Skyfall” (2012). And “Shakespeare in Love” champ Martin Childs is aiming for a third nomination for “Mr. Holmes.”

Past nominees seeking their first wins include Eve Stewart, who was previously up for “Topsy-Turvy” (1999), “The King’s Speech” (2010) and “Les Miserables” (2012). This year she designed a pair of period films that could be recognized by the academy: “The Danish Girl” and “Victor Frankenstein.”

Thomas E. Sanders is a two-time past contender who this year collaborated with Guillermo Del Toro on the gothic romance “Crimson Peak.” Arthur Max also has two previous nominations, for Ridley Scott‘s “Gladiator” and “American Gangster,” and hopes the third time will be the charm with Scott’s “The Martian.”

Other past nominees with films in contention include Judy Becker (“Joy” and “Carol“), Aline Bonetto (“Pan“), Jack Fisk (“The Revenant“) and Guy Hendrix Dyas (“Steve Jobs“).

But we also shouldn’t rule out potential first-timers like François Séguin (“Brooklyn“), Yohei Taneda (“The Hateful Eight“), Colin Gibson (“Mad Max Fury Road“) or Scott Chambliss (“Tomorrowland“), among many others.

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Crimson Peak” and “Cinderella” Photo Credits: Moviestore/REX

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