Best Production Design (2015)

The Oscar for Best Production Design recognizes achievement in art direction. Since 1947, the award has been shared with both a film’s art director and set decorator. Aside from the acting, directing, and musical compositions within a film, the production design and set decoration help illuminate the visual image depicted on the screen. The following is my Oscars ballot for this category, Best Production Design:

Gibson MMFRWINNER: Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson (Mad Max: Fury Road)

  1. Michael Standish and Eve Stewart (The Danish Girl)
  1. Jack Fish and Hamish Purdy (The Revenant)
  1. Celia Bobak and Arthur Max (The Martian)
  1. Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo, and Bernhard Henrich (Bridge of Spies)

Best Production Design and Best Makeup & Hairstyling

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Best Production Design NomineesThe Oscar for Best Production Design recognizes achievement in art direction. Since 1947, the award has been shared with both a film’s production designer and set decorator. Aside from the acting, directing, and musical compositions within a film, the production design and set decoration most help illuminate the visual image depicted on the screen. The following is my Oscars ballot for this category, Best Production Design:

WINNER: Nathan Crowley & Gary Fettis (Interstellar)

  1. Adam Stockhausen & Anna Pinnock (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  1. Dennis Gassner & Anna Pinnock (Into the Woods)
  1. Suzie Davies & Charlotte Watts (Mr. Turner)
  1. Maria Djurkovic & Tatiana Macdonald (The Imitation Game)

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Best Makeup and Hairstyling NomineesThe Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling is given to a particular film with—you guessed it—the best makeup and hairstyling. The category was created in 1981 after the Academy received numerous complaints from those enraged with the fact that 1980’s The Elephant Man was to go un-honored for its exemplary makeup work. Each year since, only three films receive nominations in this category, with exceptions only being made in the early 1980s, when the award was first created, 1999, and 2002. The following is my Oscars ballot for this category, Best Production Design:

WINNER: Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou & David White (Guardians of the Galaxy)

  1. Bill Corso & Dennis Liddiard (Foxcatcher)
  1. Frances Hannon & Mark Coulier (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Review: My Ballot and Countdown

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Well, with another successful few weeks of blogging, we have finally reached the big day: the Academy Awards.  In preparation for tonight’s show, I am providing all of you with a review of my blog from these past couple of weeks.  This review includes all of the winners of the 10 categories in which I have seen each nominated film/performance and have subsequently blogged about, and it also includes my list of the “Top 15 Films of the Year.”

Get caught up on my picks, and feel free to look back over any of my past posts featuring much more in-depth commentary on each of these films and performances.  And make sure to tune into the 86th Academy Awards tonight at 7:30pm (CST) on ABC, live from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, CA.  Enjoy, everyone!

My Oscar Winners:

Best Picture: 12 Years A Slave

Actor in a Leading Role: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Actor in a Supporting Role: Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave)

Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

Actress in a Supporting Role: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave)

Best Director: Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave)

Best Film Editing: Joe Walker (12 Years A Slave)

Best Production Design: Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn (The Great Gatsby)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze (Her)

Top 15 Films of the Year:

1. 12 Years A Slave

2. Short Term 12

3. The Hunt

4. Frances Ha

5. The Wolf of Wall Street

6. The World’s End

7. American Hustle

8. The Spectacular Now

9. Nebraska

10. Captain Phillips

11. Her

12. Philomena

13. Fruitvale Station

14. The Place Beyond the Pines

15. Dallas Buyers Club