Monday, January 23, 2017

Awards-Nazi Award Nominations: Production Design

It'll be hard for the Academy's designers branch to come up with a bad nominee for Best Production Design this year, even if it doesn't match very closely with my own ballot (outlined after the cut). There's just so much good work out there.

HAIL, CAESAR! (Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh, Dawn Swiderski)
Our own private tour of a 50s studio back lot: Greek columns, opulent drawing rooms and aquatic band stands all within walking distance of each other. Delights in exposing the machinery behind the facades.

Like so many things in this movie, the absorbing production design represents a sly blend of styles and influences; Victorian decor and Asian architecture come together in one sumptuous estate.

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (Nelson Lowry, Jesse Gregg, Trevor Dalmer)
As in all Laika efforts, the miniature environments are astonishing not only for their minute detail, but for their artful attention to narrative and theme, conjuring a fantasy world that feels complete.

PASSENGERS (Guy Hendrix Dyas, Gene Serdena)
The sleek, ovoid futurism of The Starship Avalon is far sexier than the aspired chemistry between J-Law and Pratt, and certainly more unified in its conception than any other aspect of the movie.

THE WITCH (Craig Lathrop, Mary Kirkland, Andrea Kristof)
Builds a stark visual atmosphere that's thoroughly suffocating despite its minimalism. The scratchy wooden interiors are stifling; The withered, truly God-forsaken landscape outside even more so.

Just missed:
La La Land (David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, Austin Gorg)
Live By Night (Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh, Christa Munro, Bradley Rubin)

Other considerations:
Allied (Gary Freeman, Raffaella Giovennetti, Jason Knox-Johnston)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Doug Chiang, Neil Lamont, Lee Sandales)
Silence (Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo, Wen-Ying Huang)

1 comment:

  1. Cool beans! My nominees are Café Society, La La Land, Swiss Army Man, High-Rise, and the winner being The Handmaiden :)