LOS ANGELES — Maybe you saw "Dune" and found it cold and a little bit tiresome in the way it seemed to be allergic to fun. Or perhaps you found Denis Villeneuve's epic adaptation arresting and involving, full of meaning and spectacle and can't wait for "Dune: Part II" to drop in 2023.
Whatever your take, we can all probably agree that a lot of effort went into the craft of the movie and that even in the midst of its most inert dramatic moments — basically, its entire second half — you could find something interesting to look at, latch onto and spark a moment of wonder. (If I was a kid, I would have asked for a toy of one of those dragonfly fighter planes — apparently they're called ornithopters — for Christmas and a sandworm stocking stuffer.)
My point: "Dune" is going to clean up in the Oscars' crafts categories, making a best picture nomination likely as well. What other movies are also likely to find favor? Let's consume a little spice melange — hey, it helps you see the future, so I'm sure it can be expensed — and look at production design, film editing, costume design, makeup & hairstyling, sound and visual effects.
"Dune," Patrice Vermette (production designer), Richard Roberts, Zsuzsanna Sipos (set decorators)
"West Side Story," Adam Stockhausen (production designer), Rena DeAngelo (set decorator)
"Nightmare Alley," Tamara Deverell (production designer), Shane Vieau (set decorator)
"The French Dispatch," Adam Stockhausen (production designer), Rena DeAngelo (set decorator)
"The Tragedy of Macbeth," Stefan Dechant (production designer), Nancy Haigh (set decorator)
On the cusp: "The Power of the Dog," Grant Major (production designer), Amber Richards (set decorator); "Being the Ricardos," Jon Hutman (production designer), Ellen Brill (set decorator); "Cyrano," Sarah Greenwood (production designer), Katie Spencer (set decorator); "Spencer," Guy Hendrix-Dyas (production designer), Yesim Zolan (set decorator); "Belfast," Jim Clay (production designer), Claire Nia Richards (set decorator)