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    Variety: 2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS: BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN. SDSA members predicted to win. Article by Clayton Davis

    Variety - Thursday, January 21st



    1. "Mank" (Netflix)
      Donald Graham Burt (production designer), Jan Pascale (set decorator)
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      Burt - 1 nomination, 1 win (2008's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button")
      Pascale - 1 nomination (2005's "Good Night, and Good Luck.")

      DIRECTOR: David Fincher
      SYNOPSIS: 1930s Hollywood is re-evaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane for Orson Welles.
      STARRING: Tom Burke, Lily Collins, Joseph Cross, Charles Dance, Monika Gossman, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jamie McShane, Tuppence Middleton, Toby Leonard Moore, Gary Oldman, Tom Pelphrey, Amanda Seyfried, Sam Troughton

    2. "The Personal History of David Copperfield" (Searchlight Pictures)
      Cristina Casali (production designer), Charlotte Dirickx SDSA (set decorator)
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      Casali - Never nominated
      Dirickx - 1 nomination (2014's "Mr. Turner")

      DIRECTOR: Armando Iannucci
      SYNOPSIS: A modern take on Charles Dickens's classic tale of a young orphan who is able to triumph over many obstacles.
      STARRING: Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Peter Capaldi, Gwendoline Christie

    3. "One Night in Miami" (Amazon Studios)
      Page Buckner (production designer), Janessa Hitsman SDSA (set decorator)
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      OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

      DIRECTOR: Regina King
      SYNOPSIS: A fictional account of one incredible night in 1964, where four icons of activism, sports and music – Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke – gathered, discussing their roles in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the ’60s.
      STARRING: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom, Jr., Joaquina Kalukango, Nicolette Robinson

    4. "News of the World" (Universal Pictures)
      David Crank (production designer), Elizabeth Keenan SDSA (set decorator)
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      OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

      DIRECTOR: Paul Greengrass
      SYNOPSIS: A Civil War veteran agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to her aunt and uncle, against her will. They travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home.
      STARRING: Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel, Elizabeth Marvel, Mare Winningham, Michael Angelo Covino, Ray McKinnon

    5. "Emma." (Focus Features)
      Kave Quinn (production designer), Stella Fox (set decorations)
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      OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

      DIRECTOR: Autumn de Wilde
      SYNOPSIS: In 1800s England, a well meaning but selfish young woman meddles in the love lives of her friends.
      STARRING: Anya Taylor-Joy, Callum Turner, Mia Goth, Josh O'Connor, Johnny Flynn, Tanya Reynolds, Bill Nighy

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    Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020): (L to R)
    Michael Potts as Slow Drag, Glynn Turman as Toldeo, Colman Domingo as Cutler, and Chadwick Boseman as Levee.
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    David Lee/Netflix



    1. "The Prom" (Netflix)
      Jamie Walker McCall (production designer), Gene Serdena SDSA (set decorator)
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      Walker McCall - Never nominated
      Serdena - 2 nominations (2016's "Passengers" and 2013's "Her")
      DIRECTOR: Ryan Murphy
      SYNOPSIS: A troupe of hilariously self-obsessed theater stars swarm into a small conservative Indiana town in support of a high school girl who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom.
      STARRING: Meryl Streep, Jo Ellen Pellman, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Ariana DeBose, Kerry Washington, Keegan-Michael Key, Andrew Rannells. Tracey Ullman

    2. "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (Netflix)
      Mark Ricker (production designer), Karen O'Hara SDSA  and Diana Stoughton (set decorators)
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      Ricker - Never nominated
      O'Hara - 2 nominations, 1 win (2010's "Alice in Wonderland")
      Stoughton - Never nominated
      DIRECTOR: George C. Wolfe
      SYNOPSIS: Chicago, 1927. A recording session. Tensions rise between Ma Rainey, her ambitious horn player and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable "Mother of the Blues". Based on Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's play.
      STARRING: Chadwick Boseman, Dusan Brown, Jonny Coyne, Viola Davis, Colman Domingo, Taylour Paige, Michael Potts, Jeremy Shamos, Glynn Turman

    3. "The Midnight Sky" (Netflix)
      Jim Bissell (production designer), John Bush (set decorator)
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      Bissell - 1 nomination (2005's "Good Night, and Good Luck.")
      Bush - 1 nomination (1999's "Topsy Turvy")

      DIRECTOR: George Clooney
      SYNOPSIS: This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine, a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.
      STARRING: George Clooney, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir, Tiffany Boone, Caoilinn Springall

    4. "Tenet" (Warner Bros.)
      Nathan Crowley (production designer), Kathy Lucas (set decorator)
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      Crowley - 5 nominations (most recent for 2018's "First Man")
      Lucas - 1 nomination (2018's "First Man")

      DIRECTOR: Christopher Nolan
      SYNOPSIS: Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.
      STARRING: John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki, Robert Pattinson, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh

    5. "The Father" (Sony Pictures Classics)
      Peter Francis, (production designer), Cathy Featherstone (set decorator)
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      OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

      DIRECTOR: Florian Zeller
      SYNOPSIS: A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.
      STARRING: Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Anthony Hopkins, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, Olivia Williams

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