Wednesday, 6 February 2013
Art (Direction) isn't Easy; Incoherent Oscar: Art Direction
Last year it wasn’t just the above the line Oscar categories that wrapped up early; was there anyone, for example, doubting that Hugo would be taking home the prize for Art Direction? This year I feel likes things are on much rockier generally although art direction is not as much of a free-for-all as other categories might be
The Nominees: Anna Karenina, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Lincoln
Three of five being Oscar nominees for best picture, with four of the last ten winners in this categories being for non-Best Picture nominees I say the picture factor does not mean much in either direction.
Anna Karenina (Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer)
The Hobbit (Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, Simon Bright)
Les Misérables (Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson)
Life of Pi (David Gropman, Anna Pinnock)
Lincoln (Rick Carter, Jim Erickson)
One, maybe two, of these make my actual slate of nominees but I’m generally pleased with the entire slate this year. All five films have benefited from the work of their production designers. Even though, yes, I’m still surprised the era traversing Cloud Atlas went unremembered.
Predicted Winner: I shall remain steadfast with Anna Karenina, which it seems almost foolish to bet against – although stranger things have happened than it losing.
Alternate: I say equally Life of Pi and Lincoln with an edge to the latter if they really want to reward it somewhere.
Any egregious inclusions or omissions or you? Is the female duo heading to the prodium?