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Oscar nominations 2017: the best production design

‘La La Land,’ ‘Arrival,’ and ‘Hail, Caesar!’ get nods

A formally dressed male bartender and a casually dressed man sit at an opulent 1920s-style bar with gold and red decor.
The actors Michael Sheen and Chris Pratt in Passengers.
Image via Sony Pictures

Oscar nominations were announced this morning, with La La Land, the neo-musical about the artistic struggle in Los Angeles, receiving a whopping 14 nods, putting it at a tie with Titanic and All About Eve for most nominations ever. It’s in the running for major categories like best picture, director, screenplay—and best production design, our favorite category by far (natch).

Four other films made the cut, including the Coen brothers’ splashy movie about Hollywood in the 1950s, the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which takes place in New York City in 1926, and two about the extraterrestrial realm—Arrival, about aliens and language (among other things), and Passengers, about, well, passengers traveling through space.

Take a glimpse below at their impressive sets, then tune in February 26 to watch what’s sure to be a night of triumphs and disappointments.


Production Design: Patrice Vermette
Set Decoration: Paul Hotte

Screengrab via YouTube

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Production Design: Stuart Craig
Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock

Images via Warner Bros.

Hail, Caesar!

Production Design: Jess Gonchor
Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

Images via Universal Pictures

La La Land

Production Design: David Wasco
Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

Images via Lionsgate


Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas
Set Decoration: Gene Serdena

Images via Sony Pictures