Congratulations to this years nominees for the Academy Award® for Art Direction. This award is given to both the Production Designers and the Set Decorator who work hand in hand to create the built-world that's surrounds and helps define the characters in the movie. As we learned from our discussion with set decorator Beth Rubino (Something's Gotta Give & It's Complicated) on The Skirted Roundtable, set decoration is more than just pretty rooms, although we sure do love the pretty rooms!
Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
Set Decorator: Caroline Smith
This is the first nomination for Dave Warren, Anastasia Masaro and Caroline Smith.
Production Designer: John Myhre
Set Decorator: Gordon Sim
Previous nominations: John Myhre was nominated for Dreamgirls and Elizabeth. Previous wins: Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago. Gordon Sim previously won for Chicago.
Production Designer: Sarah Greenwood
Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
Previous Nominations: Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer were previously nominated for their work in Atonement and 2005's Pride & Prejudice.
Production Desinger: Patrice Vermette
Set Decorator: Maggie Gray
Previous nominations: Maggie Gray was previously nominated for 1985's Brazil.
As you can see from the wide variety of nominees, Art Direction is about setting the stage for the story and characters, not just about making pretty rooms or scenes. If the room is to be pretty, it should be gorgeous, but if the scene is gritty, then the viewer should almost feel the dirt.
Well, likely none of us are in "The Academy" and will not be voting for the real winner. But, if you could vote, who would be your pick?