Oscars Predictions: Best Production Design – ‘Dune’ Showcases Large Sets While ‘Macbeth’ Brings Shakespeare

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2022 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

UPDATED: Oct 21, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: “Belfast” and “Dune” could be very competitive with “The Power of the Dog” or “The Tragedy of Macbeth” making a bid.

Oscar nominations voting begins on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, and will end on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. The official Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, with the ceremony taking place on Sunday, March 27, 2022.

Awards Season Calendar (2021-2022)

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ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:

RANK

FILM

STUDIO

PRODUCTION DESIGNER / SET DECORATOR

1

Dune

Warner Bros

Patrice Vermette, Richard Roberts, Zsuzsanna Sipos

2

Nightmare Alley

Searchlight Pictures

Tamara Deverell, Shane Vieau

3

Belfast

Focus Features

Jim Clay, Claire Nia Richards

4

The Tragedy of Macbeth

A24/Apple Original Films

Stefan Dechant, Nancy Haigh

5

The Power of the Dog

Netflix

Grant Major, Amber Richards

NEXT IN LINE

6

Cyrano

United Artists Releasing/MGM

Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

7

Being the Ricardos

Amazon Studios

Jon Hutman, Ellen Brill

8

Spencer

Neon

Guy Hendrix-Dyas, Yesim Zolan

9

The French Dispatch

Searchlight Pictures

Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo

10

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

Amazon Studios

Suzie Davies, Charlotte Dirickx

OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS

11

Licorice Pizza

United Artists Releasing/MGM

Florencia Martin, Ryan Watson

12

West Side Story

20th Century Studios

Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo

13

The Harder They Fall

Netflix

Martin Whist, Jay Hart, Cynthia La Jeunesse, Anthony Whitman

14

The Last Duel

20th Century Studios

Arthur Max, Judy Farr

15

Last Night in Soho

Focus Features

Victoria Allwood, Emily Norris, Judy Farr

16

Eternals

Marvel Studios

Eve Stewart, Maya Henson, Michael Standish

17

House of Gucci

United Artists Releasing/MGM

Arthur Max, Letizia Santucci

18

Cruella

Walt Disney Pictures

Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton

19

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Searchlight Pictures

Laura Fox, Barbee S. Livingston

20

Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Marvel Studios

Sue Chan, David A Cook

ALSO IN CONTENTION

21

A Quiet Place Part II

Paramount Pictures

Jess Gonchor, Michael Joseph Amato, Nancy Haigh

22

Don’t Look Up

Netflix

Clayton Hartley, Tara Pavoni

23

Respect

United Artists Releasing/MGM

Ina Mayhew, Sarah Carter

24

Passing

Netflix

Nora Mendis, Paige Mitchell

25

The Green Knight

A24

Jade Healy, Jenny Oman

26

Jungle Cruise

Walt Disney Pictures

Jean-Vincent Puzos, Larry Dias

27

Annette

Amazon Studios

Florian Sanson, Marion Michel

28

Parallel Mothers

Sony Pictures Classics

To be added

29

tick, tick…Boom!

Netflix

Alex DiGerlando, Nola Denett

30

Mothering Sunday

Sony Pictures Classics

Helen Scott, Hannah Spice

UNRANKED LISTING

Antlers

Searchlight Pictures

To be added

Army of the Dead

Netflix

To be added

Black Widow

Marvel Studios

Charles Wood, John Bush

Cinderella

Amazon Studios

To be added

Coming 2 America

Amazon Studios

Jefferson Sage, Douglas Mowat

Cry Macho

Warner Bros

Ron Reiss, Christopher Carlson

Dream Horse

Bleecker Street

Daniel Taylor, Charlotte Dirickx

Encounter

Amazon Studios

Tim Grimes, Lucila Caro

Finch

Apple Original Films

To be added

Free Guy

20th Century Studios

To be added

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Sony Pictures

To be added

Godzilla vs. Kong

Warner Bros

To be added

I’m Your Man

Bleecker Street

To be added

In the Heights

Warner Bros

Nelson Coates, Andrew Baseman

John and the Hole

IFC Films

To be added

King Richard

Warner Bros

Wynn THomas, William Arnold, Brana Rosenfeld, Amy Wells

Luca

Pixar

Daniela Strijleva

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

No U.S. distribution

To be added

Mortal Kombat

Warner Bros

To be added

Munich – Edge of War

Netflix

To be added

Nine Days

Sony Pictures Classics

To be added

No Sudden Move

HBO Max

Hannah Beachler, Meriissa Lombardo

No Time to Die

United Artists Releasing/MGM

To be added

Old

Universal Pictures

To be added

Raya and the Last Dragon

Walt Disney Pictures

Paul Felix, Mingiue Helen Chen, Cory Loftis

Shiva Baby

Utopia

To be added

Snake Eyes

Paramount Pictures

To be added

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Sony Pictures

To be added

Swan Song

Apple Original Films

To be added

The Courier

Lionsgate

To be added

The Guilty

Netflix

To be added

The Hand of God

Netflix

To be added

The King’s Man

20th Century Studios

To be added

The Lost Daughter

Netflix

To be added

The Many Saints of Newark

Warner Bros

Bob Shaw, Regina Graves

The Matrix: Resurrections

Warner Bros

Hugh Bateup, Peter Walpole, Lisa Brennan

The Mitchells vs The Machines

Netflix

To be added

The Souvenir Part II

A24

To be added

The Suicide Squad

Warner Bros

Beth Mickle, Lisa Sessions Morgan

The Tender Bar

Amazon Studios

To be added

The Tomorrow War

Amazon Studios

Peter Wenham, Beauchamp Fontaine

The Worst Person in the World

Neon

To be added

Titane

Neon

To be added

Together

Bleecker Street

To be added

Together

Bleecker Street

Karen Wakefield

Together Together

Bleecker Street

Ashley Fenton, Ashley Swanson

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Sony Pictures

To be added

Vivo

Netflix

To be added

Voyagers

Lionsgate

To be added

Werewolves Within

IFC Films

To be added

Worth

Netflix

To be added

AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Production Design)

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The most awarded films in Oscar history are “Ben-Hur,” “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” at 11 statuettes. The most nominated films in Academy history are “All About Eve,” “Titanic” and “La La Land” at 14. “La La Land” is the only film of the three to have lost best picture. The biggest Oscar “losers,” meaning most nominated and walk away with zero awards, are 1977’s “The Turning Point” and 1985’s “The Color Purple” at 11 each. Cedric Gibbons has the most nominations with 39, winning 11 over his career. The late Roland Anderson has the most nominations without ever winning with 15.

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The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. Since 1927, nominees and winners are selected by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). 17 branches are represented within the near 10,000 person membership. The branches are actors, associates, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, documentary, executives, film editors, makeup and hairstylists, marketing and public relations, members-at-large, members-at-large (artists’ representatives), music, producers, production design, short films and feature animation, sound, visual effects and writers.

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