Stockhausen won this Oscar for Wes Anderson's last live-action film, "Grand Budapest Hotel," and figures to return to the fold for creating the numerous precise and visually dense environments in the filmmaker's love letter to the New Yorker. It will likely be one of two nominations for Stockhausen and set decorator DeAngelo, who also gave moviegoers a fresh take on New York in "West Side Story," emphasizing the grit of a vanishing neighborhood.
"Dune" stands as the category's front-runner for its scale and the way Vermette and his team brought alive the textures of the film's different worlds. Villeneuve took his sweet time immersing moviegoers in all that world-building; lingering in all those massive sets to make sure you noticed the considerable work that went into their creation. Voters will note that they paid attention.
"Dune," Joe Walker
"Belfast," Una Ni Dhonghaile
"The Power of the Dog," Peter Sciberras
"West Side Story," Sarah Broshar, Michael Kahn
"Licorice Pizza," Andy Jurgensen
On the cusp: "Don't Look Up," Hank Corwin; "King Richard," Pamela Martin; "Nightmare Alley," Cam McLauchlin; "Tick, Tick ... Boom!" Myron Kerstein, Andrew Weisblum; "CODA," Geraud Brisson
Corwin earned nominations for "The Big Short" and "Vice," so it's entirely possible he finds favor for this latest collaboration with filmmaker Adam McKay. And though Guillermo del Toro's bloated noir "Nightmare Alley" didn't fare well when the film academy revealed its Oscar shortlists last month, it could make a comeback here and elsewhere when the branches weigh in.