Reference – ADG (Arts Designers Guild) – BFCA (Broadcast Film Critic Association) – SDSA (Set Decorators Guild)
- 1 – Mank (Netflix) – ADG, BAFTA, BFCA, SDSA Production Design: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Jan Pascale
- 2 – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix) – ADG, BFCA Production Design: Mark Ricker; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara and Diana Stoughton
- 3 – The Father (Sony Pictures Classics) – BAFTA Production Design: Peter Francis; Set Decoration: Cathy Featherstone
- 4 – Tenet (Warner Bros) – ADG, BFCA, SDSA Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas
- 5 – News of the World (Universal Pictures) – ADG, BAFTA, BFCA Production Design: David Crank; Set Decoration: Elizabeth Keenan
*Wins in bold.
I’ve heard some say they think ‘Mank’ will be another ‘The Irishman’ or ‘American Hustle’ where it gets ten nominations and no wins, but the one thing I say to those people is “remember, ‘Mank’ is nominated in Production Design”. ‘Mank’ is just SO going to win this category, I’d say this is one of the most locked categories of the night, if not THE most locked next to Chloé Zhao for director. It has won all the possible precursors it could get (Art Directors Guild, BAFTA, Critics Choice and Set Decorators Society). Also, ‘Mank’ swept the Production Design category at the critics circles even though it desperately under-performed in basically all the other categories.
‘Tenet’ has got two awards in Production Design, these being Sci-fi/Fantasy at the Arts Directors Guild and Set Decorators Society. Some may look at this and think it proves a potential spoiler in the midst, but this is where the categories are split and I actually think ‘The Father’ or ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ have a better shot at upsetting if there was to be one. ‘The Father’ had screener issues which was the main reason to its lack of nominations at most of the precursors. The production design tells the story and helps show the audience what is going on in Anthony’s mind as he goes more and more into this state of confusion. ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ could upset as it has a nomination at the Arts Directors Guild and Critics Choice. Also, it is likely to win Costume Design, and Production Design often goes hand-in-hand with this award (Black Panther, Moulin Rouge!, Alice in Wonderland, The Great Gatsby, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Mad Max: Fury Road).
However, I’m just merely speculating here as ‘Mank’ is one of the biggest locks in this category we’ve seen in a long time, even last years ‘Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood’ had stronger competition with ‘1917’ then ‘Mank’ does with any of its fellow nominees.