THE CONTENDERS: Best Art Direction

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9/19 Thoughts: Word is “Hugo” is an amazing below-the-line showcase (as if we couldn’t gauge that from the trailer), if nothing else. But I’ll be interested to see if any of this year’s period/fantasy comic book flavor finds some room here.

Good bets:
1. “Hugo” (Dante Ferretti; Dorothée Baussan, Francesca Lo Schiavo)
2. “War Horse” (Rick Carter; Lee Sandales)
3. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” (Stuart Craig; Stephenie McMillan)

Other possibilities:
4. “The Artist” (Laurence Bennett; unknown)
5. “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” (Maria Djurkovic; unknown)
6. “J. Edgar” (James J. Murakami; Gary Fettis)
7. “Anonymous” (Sebastian T. Krawinkel; Simon-Julien Boucherie)
8. “Jane Eyre” (Will Hughes-Jones; Tina Jones)
9. “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” (Sarah Greenwood; Alison Harvey, Katie Spencer)
10. “The Help” (Mark Ricker; Rena DeAngelo)

Dark horses:
11. “Albert Nobbs” (Patrizia von Brandenstein; Jenny Oman)
12. “W.E.” (Martin Childs; Celia Bobak, Cherish Magennis, Michel Rollant)
13. “A Dangerous Method” (James McAteer; Gernot Thöndel)
14. “X-Men: First Class” (Chris Seagers; Erin Boyd, Sonja Klaus)
15. “Captain America: The First Avenger” (Rick Heinrichs; John Bush)

The rest of the field:
“Coriolanus” (Ricky Eyres; Lee Gordon)
“Cowboys & Aliens” (Scott Chambliss; Karen Manthey)
“The Descendants” (Jane Ann Stewart; Matt Callahan)
“The Eye of the Storm” (Melinda Doring; Glen W. Johnson)
“The Flowers of War” (Yohei Taneda; Yoshihito Akatsuka)
“Green Lantern” (Grant Major; Anne Kuljian)
“Immortals” (Tom Foden; Jille Azis, Eve Boulonne, Elise de Blois, Marie-Soleil Dénommé)
“The Iron Lady” (Simon Elliott; Annie Gilhooly)
“My Week with Marilyn” (Donal Woods; Judy Farr)
“On the Road” (Carlos Conti; Francine Danis)
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (John Myhre; Gordon Sim)
“Salmon Fishing on the Yemen” (Michael Carlin; Rebecca Alleway)
“Sucker Punch” (Rick Carter; Jim Erickson)
“Super 8” (Martin Whist; Fainche MacCarthy)
“Thor” (Bo Welch; Lauri Gaffin)
“The Three Musketeers” (Paul D. Austerberry; unknown)
“The Tree of Life” (Jack Fisk; Jeanette Scott)
“Water for Elephants” (Jack Fisk; Jim Erickson)
“We Bought a Zoo” (Clay A. Griffith; Wayne Shepherd)