This year's five Production Design-nominated films at the 2016 Oscars—Bridge of Spies; The Revenant; The Danish Girl; Mad Max: Fury Road; and The Martian—share a common theme: using the magic of set design, architecture, and decorating to conjure foreign worlds and experiences for the general public. Thanks to some first-rate efforts, you needn't have driven through a post-apocalyptic desert landscape, set out across the American colonial-era frontier, or trekked to Mars to feel completely engrossed.
Setting the stage to tell the stories of transgender artist Lili Elbe and a captured Cold War-era U.S. pilot and his lawyer, in The Danish Girl and Bridge of Spies, respectively, was surely no small task either. In those instances, empathy was the interstellar journey.
Here now, highlights from the sets from the nominated movies. The golden statues will be handed out this Sunday, February 28th, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
1. Bridge of Spies (Rena DeAngelo, Bernhard Henrich, Adam Stockhausen):
2. The Danish Girl (Michael Standish, Eve Stewart):
3. Mad Max: Fury Road (Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson):
4. The Martian (Celia Bobak, Arthur Max):
5. The Revenant (Jack Fisk, Hamish Purdy):