The Academy Award nominations for Art Direction have been announced! Stuart Craig was once again nominated for his very thorough work on Harry Potter. Laurence Bennett and Anne Seibel are both coming into the race with impressive past work. Dante Feretti has already won two Oscars for Art Direction on The Aviator (2004) and Sweeney Todd (2007). If we’re to judge the future on the past, Rick Carter is probably the favorite – and I especially like the use of horse race metaphors for the art director of a movie about a horse – but with his winning the Oscar last year for Avatar and his track record (oops, I did it again) of nominations and amazing sets for movies like Forrest Gump, it wouldn’t be a shock if he won. Although, if I’m going to make my pick, I choose Anne Seibel for Midnight in Paris. I’m a sucker for period set designs and the richness of her design transported Owen Wilson and the audience directly into the Golden Age of 1920s Paris.
Laurence Bennett (Production Design); Robert Gould (Set Decoration)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Stuart Craig (Production Design); Stephenie McMillan (Set Decoration)
Dante Ferretti (Production Design); Francesca Lo Schiavo (Set Decoration)
Midnight in Paris
Anne Seibel (Production Design); Hélène Dubreuil (Set Decoration)
Rick Carter (Production Design); Lee Sandales (Set Decoration)