How the Production Design Race Could Determine Best Picture

Angela R. James

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In the last 20 years, only three Best Picture winners have also won the Oscar for Best Production Design or Art Direction (“The Shape of Water,” The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” and “Chicago”). Yet there’s a very good chance that it will happen again this year. That’s because all five production design nominees are so brilliantly effective in their world building, ranging from the period pieces “1917,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “The Irishman,” and “Jojo Rabbit,” to the contemporary outlier, “Parasite.”


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