POLL: Who deserves it? — BEST ART DIRECTION

Posted by · 7:29 am · February 10th, 2009

You know the drill — tell us in the sidebar poll.  This is the last of the tech categories.




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  • 1 2-10-2009 at 8:19 am

    Mr. F said...

    The two that deserve it (Australia and The Fall) are not even nominated

  • 2 2-10-2009 at 8:20 am

    Mr. F said...

    but I voted Benjamin Button

  • 3 2-10-2009 at 10:00 am

    P-Dawg said...

    “In the Name of the King”, wait, no… “Benji Buttton”.

  • 4 2-10-2009 at 10:03 am

    Leone said...

    I think it’s BENJAMIN BUTTON… primarily because they had to cover almost a century of different designs to create the look of the film from decade to decade. Although I have to say that the art direction in THE DUCHESS was pretty extraordinary – lush, beautiful. But I voted BUTTON.

  • 5 2-10-2009 at 11:08 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    No kidding, Mr F.

  • 6 2-10-2009 at 11:09 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Actually, now that I think about it, another film that deserved at least a nomination was Synecdoche, New York.

  • 7 2-10-2009 at 11:46 am

    Speaking English said...

    “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Elaborate, stunningly conceived sets design that evoke periods long past with a sort of majestic, regal beauty.

    And I guess this would be as good a time as any for someone to explain to me the art direction in “The Dark Knight.” What exactly was there? Was the whole movie not pretty much shot entirely on location in Chicago? I’m still trying to wrap my head around this nomination.

  • 8 2-10-2009 at 12:27 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I have no idea why anyone would pick “The Dark Knight” here. To my mind, that was the single dumbest nomination of the day.

  • 9 2-10-2009 at 12:27 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Robert: Synecdoche deserved to WIN, in my view.

  • 10 2-10-2009 at 2:04 pm

    Gary said...

    Can someone please tell me how Slumdog wins the BAFTA over Dark Knight for Best Cinematography??? The Dark Knight’s cinematography is head and shoulders above any movie this year, no question. The Dark Knight is the most beautifully shot film i’ve ever seen. It is an amazing piece of photographic art. Hopefully the Oscar will go to the right person: Wally Pfister.

  • 11 2-10-2009 at 2:47 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Thanks Kris, glad to know I’m not alone. I’m utterly bewildered by it.

    Gary, the most beautifully shot film you’ve ever seen? WHAAAA??? It doesn’t even make my Top 3 of 2008 in cinematography. If we’re talking most beautifully shot films, there’s “Barry Lyndon,” “Days of Heaven,” “Persona,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” “The Black Stallion,” “The Silence,” “Hud,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford…”

    I have no idea how anyone could say “The Dark Knight” is the most beautifully shot film they’ve ever seen. That’s just as confounding as its Art Direction nod.

  • 12 2-10-2009 at 2:51 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Well, I certainly think Pfister’s work is the best of the year, but most beautiful ever is a stretch. I think the best cinematography of all time is Storaro’s work in “Apocalypse Now,” personally.

  • 13 2-10-2009 at 3:37 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    I guess the burning pile of money in that warehouse was pretty cool, but other than that I’m drawing blanks on why The Dark Knight is nominated.

  • 14 2-10-2009 at 3:48 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Yeah, “Apocalypse Now” is a good choice. I just can’t believe “The Black Stallion” wasn’t even NOMINATED that same year, let alone win.

  • 15 2-10-2009 at 4:10 pm

    N8 said...

    I don’t think The Dark Knight’s nomination is completely ridiculous. This award isn’t simply for the construction of sets, but for the design of the environments in the film.

    Pfister deserves most of the credit, but Crawley did a very good job at bringing forth a Gotham City that is grounded in reality but still distinctly Gotham City. From the cool, stylish interiors of the city’s high-rise offices and penthouses, to the sepia-tinted streets and alleys; not all of it was just “there” for Nolan to shoot. Production design is important to both building sets AND finding locations.

    The work is subtle, but quite integral to the vision of the film. I think it’s refreshing to see the Art Director’s branch embrace a more contemporary film for a change.

  • 16 2-10-2009 at 4:23 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Just understanding the innovation of the IMAX technology on a fast-paced set is enough to warrant a nomination. “Best Cinematography” isn’t about what’s “pretty,” Robert.

    N8: You’re reaching. That film was a location shoot through and through. I don’t think finding a sweet spot to shoot a fire at Battersea Power Station in London (however badass it looks on film) is enough to warrant a nomination for a production DESIGNER.

    I agree that it’s subtle and integral work, but that doesn’t make it award-worthy.

  • 17 2-10-2009 at 4:24 pm

    N8 said...

    … but I still say Button deserves it most.

  • 18 2-10-2009 at 6:37 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    Kris, you misunderstood my post. I was talking about The Dark Knight being nominated for ART DIRECTION, not cinematography.

    I am fully aware that great cinematography doesn’t just mean “pretty”, and it would be nice if you could tone down the snotty condescension.

  • 19 2-10-2009 at 9:03 pm

    James said...

    Re: The Dark Knight nomination.

    I’m curious which shot they’ll show as an example of the Art Direction for this film when this category is broadcast.

    Otherwise, this nomination brings up memories of last year when “American Gangster” was nominated.

  • 20 2-10-2009 at 9:03 pm

    James said...

    Oh, I voted Changeling.

  • 21 2-10-2009 at 9:23 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Oh, apologies, Robert. Clearly misunderstood you but it’s not snotty condescension to rail against classification of “pretty” cinematography as “good,” which is sadly typical.

    In any case, we pretty much agree on the issue at hand.

  • 22 2-11-2009 at 12:03 am

    PJ said...

    Out of these nominees, “Benjamin Button”, although “Revolutionary Road was rather gorgeous as well. “The Fall” would’ve been a lovely surprise.

  • 23 2-11-2009 at 1:09 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    That’s cool. I overreacted a little anyways.

  • 24 2-11-2009 at 4:39 am

    Joel said...

    The nod for Dark Knight is beyond me. Didn’t they use Trump Tower for the building part of the ferry scene? That ain’t no set!

    The Fall should be here. But of them, I’d say Curious Case.

  • 25 2-11-2009 at 6:37 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Yeah, count me in as one of the write-in voters for “Synecdoche.”

    As for “The Dark Knight,” I agree that Crowley did intelligent work there — but not exactly award-level. I always thought he’d be nominated, though.