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    I currently am predicting La La Land in both Production Design and Costumes, and especially the latter is a risky pick because of the fact that Jackie’s costume are a little more obvious. However, with Jackie’s recent loss to Hidden Figures (which isn’t even a nominee), and La La Land’s win at the Costume Designer Guilds- it makes me wonder what’s really going on. Are voters going to just name check La La Land for many of the tech categories, or will there be pauses with their brains? Personally I loved the costumes in La La Land, but they’re not as flashy as the usual winner would be. However, last year Mad Max won this category and while unique, the costumes were not traditional.

    Production Design is another weird one. La La Land does have beautiful color tone and saturation to get those sets sparkling, but is that more an attribute to cinematography?

    Where do we stand? Does Fantastic Beasts or Florence have chances we’re not seeing?

    BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
    Arrival – Patrice Vermette and Paul Hotte
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Stuart Craig and Anna Pinnock
    Hail, Caesar! – Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh
    La La Land – David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
    Passengers – Guy Hendrix Dyas and Gene Serdena

    BEST COSTUME DESIGN
    Allied – Joanna Johnston
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Colleen Atwood
    Florence Foster Jenkins – Consolata Boyle
    Jackie – Madeline Fontaine
    La La Land – Mary Zophres

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    Production Design is another weird one. La La Land does have beautiful color tone and saturation to get those sets sparkling, but is that more an attribute to cinematography?

    Well, Avatar and Alice in Wonderland both won this category and you could argue that had much more to do with visual effects than traditional production design.  Ultimately, it comes down to what sets and locations people remember at the end of the day, and there are enough that pop in people’s associations with LLL to give it a comfortable cushion, imho.

    I really don’t see any reason why Beasts has any shot whatsoever in either category.  FFJ fares slightly better because it has an acting nominee and her costumes are a bit whimsical/kooky, but the rest of the cast is standard period fare and probably not enough to distinguish it as something worth setting apart.

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    My hunch is Jackie in Costumes (despite that guild loss) and La La Land in Production Design. I can, however, fathom the Academy utilizing the latter category to throw Arrival a consolation bone.

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    I seriously doubt Arrival is winning Production Design, the Academy have been shockingly terrible at awarding sci-fi in this category and Arrival’s sets are sparer than most others that lost the award. Fantastic Beasts is an obvious BAFTA-only thing and Hail Caesar and Passengers won’t get watched enough. La La Land wins by default, and its final sequence helps it immensely.

    I’m not taking Jackie’s Period Costume ADG loss too seriously as I saw it coming (though I had the wrong spoiler, Florence Foster Jenkins). I think Jackie Kennedy being a fashion icon is enough to take it to a win, as evidenced by Critics Choice and BAFTA. “La La Land’s just normal clothes” is becoming enough of a meme for me to think that maybe Oscar voters will think the same way, but personally I would vote for LLL here; the outfits are so well chosen and colour-coordinated in the crowd scenes, and Emma Stone’s costumes highlight her character’s maturation throughout the film. It would be refreshing to see a rare contemporary winner this year.

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    I seriously doubt Arrival is winning Production Design, the Academy have been shockingly terrible at awarding sci-fi in this category and Arrival’s sets are sparer than most others that lost the award

    I agree. I think Arrival has a shot in Editing and Sound Editing, not in Production Design

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