Oscars Week: Production Design, Cinematography, and Editing

Welcome back to another round of awards when the at-home audience takes a break to bathe or use the restroom. Welcome to my loudest minute at home, when the Academy typically awards a shiny film like Avatar for cinematography but the stunning and perfect Inglourious Basterds loses for no damn reason at all. (This happened in 2010.) Some say that a job well done means it’s a job unnoticed; for film and art lovers however, a visually stunning film is never without merit or mention.

And the nominees for Achievement in Production Design are:


  • Bridge of Spies
  • The Danish Girl
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant



While the nominees for Achievement in Cinematography are:


  • Carol
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Sicario



And finally, the Achievement in Film Editing nominees are:


  • The Big Short
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Spotlight
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens



I’m still sputtering that The Big Short was nominated for film editing. How and why did that happen? It was a garbage film, and its most irritating feature was its bad, distracting, how-was-this-even-release editing? I might throw a chip so hard at my TV that it breaks if this wins. Meanwhile, The Revenant and Mad Max, which are technically perfect, absolutely must win.

As always, I continue to believe that Carol was perfect in every way, and its cinematography was gorgeous. If The Hateful EightThe Revenant, or Mad Max should win, then that’s fine too.

I find myself without opinion for Production Design, having only seen The Revenant and Mad Max, and suspecting that The Danish Girl or the mystifyingly-nominated Bridge of Spies were both more than adequate in this department. What about The Hateful Eight didn’t merit an award?

Make sure to check out all of our Oscars Week picks!

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