Sunday, February 21, 2016

Oscar Winner Predictions: Best Art Direction

The competition: Bridge of Spies (Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo, Bernhard Henrich), The Danish Girl (Michael Standish, Eve Stewart), Mad Max: Fury Road (Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson), The Martian (Celia Bobak, Arthur Max), The Revenant (Jack Fisk , Hamish Purdy)

Previous winners: The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Great Gatsby, Lincoln, Hugo, Alice in Wonderland, Avatar, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Sweeney Todd
My winner: Carol
The facts: Stockhausen won last year for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and was nominated the year before for “12 Years a Slave.” This is Stewart’s fourth nomination, Max’s third, and Bobak and Fisk’s second. Only one of these films (“The Martian”) is a contemporary film, and none of those have won any time recently. Other than that, this film often lines up with Best Costume Design, which three of these films are nominated for.

Who should win: “The Danish Girl”
Who will win: While it would be nice to see “The Danish Girl” triumph here, I think Mad Max: Fury Road is a pretty good bet.

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