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Oscar Watch: Winnowing Down the Art Directors Guild Nominees

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 9, 2010 at 6:01AM

The Art Directors Guild production design award nominees are all over the place: contemporary, period, and fantasy, 15 in the feature film category. So the trick is to figure out which movies get an Oscar boost from being nominated here.
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The Art Directors Guild production design award nominees are all over the place: contemporary, period, and fantasy, 15 in the feature film category. So the trick is to figure out which movies get an Oscar boost from being nominated here.

Some of the already established contenders continue to move steadily forward: The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air, Inglourious Basterds and Avatar.

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Other titles carry slim hope for the best picture ten, but are vying for an Oscar nomination in this category, like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Public Enemies, Sherlock Holmes and Where the Wild Things Are. While A Serious Man and District 9 are unlikely to score art direction Oscar noms against bigger-budgeted behemoths, being included helps their Oscar momentum.

The winners will be announced on February 13.

Beautifully-mounted movies that didn't make it this long list, from Nine and The Last Station to The Road and Bright Star, get no help at all.

This article is related to: Awards, Oscars


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.