Art Directors Guild Awards: Look for Oscar winner for Best Production Design among nominees

On January 9, the Art Directors Guild announced the nominees for its 27th annual awards, which will be handed out on February 18. These kudos have a stellar record at previewing the Academy Awards. Over the first 26 years of these prizes, the eventual Oscar winner for Best Production Design has always numbered among the ADG nominees in the various categories.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is the clear frontrunner to win the Oscar for Best Production Design. It reaped a bid in the fantasy film genre with the ADG as did its strongest Oscar rival, “Avatar: The Way of Water.” The other three likeliest Oscar nominees — “Babylon,” “Elvis” and “The Fabelmans”–  contend in the period picture category. That race is rounded out by “All Quiet on the Western Front” and “White Noise.”

The other fantasy film nominees are: “The Batman,” “Everything Everywhere All at Once” and  “Nope.”

The contemporary contenders are: “Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths,” “Bullet Train,” “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” “TAR” and “Top Gun: Maverick.”

Period Film

All Quiet on the Western Front
Production Designer: Christian M. Goldbeck

Production Designer: Florencia Martin

Production Designers: Catherine Martin, Karen Murphy

The Fabelmans
Production Designer: Rick Carter

White Noise
Production Designer: Jess Gonchor

Fantasy Film

Avatar: The Way of Water
Production Designers: Dylan Cole, Ben Procter

The Batman
Production Designer: James Chinlund

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Production Designer: Hannah Beachler

Everything Everywhere All at Once
Production Designer: Jason Kisvarday

Production Designer: Ruth De Jong

Contemporary Film

Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
Production Designer: Eugenio Caballero

Bullet Train
Production Designer: David Scheunemann

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Production Designer: Rick Heinrichs

Production Designer: Marco Bittner Rosser

Top Gun: Maverick
Production Designer: Jeremy Hindle

Animated Film

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Production Designers: Guy Davis, Curt Enderle

Production Designer: Tim Evatt

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Production Designer: Liz Toonkel

Puss In Boots: The Last Wish
Production Designer: Nate Wragg

Turning Red
Production Designer: Rona Liu

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