Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Envelope Please: Who Will Win Design Oscars?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents its 83rd Academy Awards (Oscars) on Sunday, February 27, 2011. Many of the awards are for different forms of design - cinematography, special effects, art direction, costume, makeup, set design, animation, editing, etc.

Look for these films to be big winners in the design categories:
Alice in Wonderland (costume), Inception (Special Effects) (right), The Wolfman (makeup), The King's Speech (Art Direction ) and perhaps something for True Grit. Toy Story 3 is pretty sure to win for animation although earlier "How to Train Your Dragon" won the Annie Award from the animation industry professionals. I'm sure there will be some surprises because there were several beautifully designed films.

If Rick Baker wins for best makeup on The Wolfman it will be his 7th Oscar. Ironically, his first Oscar for makeup was the first year there was such an award and it was also for a wolf man in An American Werewolf in London, 1981 (First year of the Makeup award).

Scroll down to see an earlier article with all the design category nominees posted on January 26.

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