Best Production Design Winners

This award was one of the original categories unveiled at the first Academy Awards. From 1927 through 2012, the award was called Best Art Direction. The award was also split between color and black and white films from 1940 through 1966. This category is awarded to the set decorators of a film for the best interior design work. Cedric Gibbons holds the record for the most nominations (39) and wins (11). Roland Anderson holds the records for most nominations (15) without a win. The winners of this award have been tasked with creating the world of the film. Their attention to detail and vision has produced incredible work throughout the years.

Here are the winners…

Best Art Direction

1927/28 – The Dove / The Tempest – The award was shared by these films.

1928/29 – The Bridge of San Luis Rey

1929/30 – King of Jazz

1930/31 – Cimarron

1931/32 – Transatlantic

1932/33 – Cavalcade

1934 – The Merry Widow

1935 – The Dark Angel

1936 – Dodsworth

1937 – Lost Horizon

1938 – The Adventures of Robin Hood

1939 – Gone with the Wind

1940 (B&W) – Pride and Prejudice

1940 (Color) – The Thief of Bagdad

1941 (B&W) – How Green Was My Valley

1941 (Color) – Blossoms in the Dust

1942 (B&W) – This Above All

1942 (Color) – My Gal Sal

1943 (B&W) – The Song of Bernadette

1943 (Color) – Phantom of the Opera

1944 (B&W) – Gaslight

1944 (Color) – Wilson

1945 (B&W) – Blood on the Sun

1945 (Color) – Frenchman’s Creek

1946 (B&W) – Anna and the King of Siam

1946 (Color) – The Yearling

1947 (B&W) – Great Expectations

1947 (Color) – Black Narcissus

1948 (B&W) – Hamlet

1948 (Color) – The Red Shoes

1949 (B&W) – The Heiress

1949 (Color) – Little Women

1950 (B&W) – Sunset Boulevard

1950 (Color) – Samson and Delilah

1951 (B&W) – A Streetcar Named Desire

1951 (Color) – An American in Paris

1952 (B&W) – The Bad and the Beautiful

1952 (Color) – Moulin Rouge

1953 (B&W) – Julius Caesar

1953 (Color) – The Robe

1954 (B&W) – On the Waterfront

1954 (Color) – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

1955 (B&W) – The Rose Tattoo

1955 (Color) – Picnic

1956 (B&W) – Somebody Up There Likes Me

1956 (Color) – The King and I

1957 – Sayonara – Only one award was given out.

1958 – Gigi – Only one award was given out.

1959 (B&W) – The Diary of Anne Frank

1959 (Color) – Ben-Hur

1960 (B&W) – The Apartment

1960 (Color) – Spartacus

1961 (B&W) – The Hustler

1961 (Color) – West Side Story

1962 (B&W) – To Kill A Mockingbird

1962 (Color) – Lawrence of Arabia

1963 (B&W) – America America

1963 (Color) – Cleopatra

1964 (B&W) – Zorba the Greek

1964 (Color) – My Fair Lady

1965 (B&W) – Ship of Fools

1965 (Color) – Doctor Zhivago

1966 (B&W) –  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1966 (Color) – Fantastic Voyage

1967 – Camelot

1968 – Oliver!

1969 – Hello, Dolly!

1970 – Patton

1971 – Nicholas and Alexandra

1972 – Cabaret

1973 – The Sting

1974 – The Godfather: Part II

1975 – Barry Lyndon

1976 – All the President’s Men

1977 – Star Wars

1978 – Heaven Can Wait

1979 – All That Jazz

1980 – Tess

1981 – Raiders of the Lost Ark

1982 – Gandhi

1983 – Fanny and Alexander

1984 – Amadeus

1985 – Out of Africa

1986 – A Room with a View

1987 – The Last Emperor

1988 – Dangerous Liasions

1989 – Batman

1990 – Dick Tracy

1991 – Bugsy

1992 – Howards End

1993 – Schindler’s List

1994 – The Madness of King George

1995 – Restoration

1996 – The English Patient

1997 – Titanic

1998 – Shakespeare in Love

1999 – Sleepy Hollow

2000 – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2001 – Moulin Rouge!

2002 – Chicago

2003 – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

2004 – The Aviator

2005 – Memoirs of a Geisha

2006 – Pan’s Labyrinth

2007 – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

2008 – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

2009 – Avatar

2010 – Alice in Wonderland

2011 – Hugo

Best Production Design

2012 – Lincoln

2013 – The Great Gatsby

2014 – The Grand Budapest Hotel

2015 – Mad Max: Fury Road

2016 – La La Land

2017 – The Shape of Water

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