Oscars 2018: ADG Nominations

Well I guess Production Design is next.

The Art Directors Guild breaks their nominees down into three categories: Period, Fantasy, Contemporary. Contemporary practically never gets nominated at the Oscars, unless it’s something that crosses over into Fantasy (a la Her or The Martian, which I think both ended up there. There are definitely two in recent years that blur the line). Anyway, this should give us a smattering of where things are looking for Production Design.

Here are your 2018 ADG nominees:

Period Film

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

First Man


There’s Bohemian Rhapsody again. Everyone’s underestimating this movie. People love it across the board.

Hard for me to really start going into what could have gone here instead. But yeah, these ones make a lot of sense. Doubt Buster Scruggs manages anything in the end, but it definitely makes sense here.

No Green Book is slightly of note. But did anyone really remember the production design in that one?

Fantasy Film

Black Panther

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

The House with a Clock in Its Walls

Mary Poppins Returns

Ready Player One

Oh yeah, the Poppins. That’s a contender here. So is Fantastic Beasts.

Ready Player One would be a real long shot on a final category, and the other two won’t come near it. Unless they really decide to go all in on Black Panther. And I’m not convinced it’s for sure getting the Best Picture nomination yet. One step at a time with that.

Contemporary Film

Crazy Rich Asians

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

A Quiet Place

A Star Is Born

Welcome to Marwen

I mean, honestly if I’m gonna nominate any of these, it’s Marwen. But that won’t happen. But also a lot of that production design is Visual Effects? The real world stuff is just shitty houses and grassy areas. So yeah, maybe not.

They’d have to really love Crazy Rich Asians or A Star Is Born to put them on the final category. I’m thinking not a chance.

So based solely on what I see here, I’d think your major contenders for it are:

Bohemian Rhapsody, Fantastic Beasts, The Favourite, First Man, Mary Poppins, Roma

And throw in Green Book just to be safe.

Anything not here would probably need BAFTA to become a legitimate contender. (Suspiria, anyone?) I’m thinking Beale Street and BlacKkKlansman are the only two standing to benefit there.

But honestly, of those — Favourite, First Man, Mary Poppins, Roma, TBD. That certainly looks like your category. Could be Bohemian Rhapsody, could be Fantastic Beasts, could end up being Green Book. That certainly looks like how this one shakes out. But again, still time to look at stuff.

Oh, and they announced Animated nominees too: The Grinch, Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Into the Spider-Verse. Again, the same three choices popping up everywhere. I doubt I’ll refer to them again in the context of production design, but it is worth noting that the same three are all over the map. That’s 60% of your category done for you already.

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