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This Year’s Oscar Contenders Are Tops in Design Too

The biggest celebration in Hollywood, the Academy Awards, airs Sunday, February 24, and while folks are busy wondering who will walk away with the coveted golden statuettes in categories like acting and directing, we’re naturally obsessing over the great design and decor in the year’s most lauded films. The diverse nominees in such categories as Best Picture, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design — among them an arch period comedy, a biopic and two superhero blockbusters — enchant us as much with their evocative sets and spot-on costumes as with their stunning performances.

The movies that have most thoroughly captured our attention convincingly immerse the audience in a different time or place — whether real, like The Favourite’s decadent 18th-century British royal court, or fictional, like Black Panther’s futuristic African nation of Wakanda.

Bohemian Rhapsody, about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, escorts us back to an era of Lycra bodysuits, disco balls and jewel tones, while Mary Queen of Scots introduces us to the ornately attired women who vied for domination of the British Isles in the 16th century. We go on an adventure with a superhero family whose gadgets are as fabulous as their mid-century decor in Incredibles 2 and tag along with a not-so-proper nanny in the whimsical world of Mary Poppins Returns. Roma brings us a more poignant view of family life in 1970s Mexico City, BlacKkKlansman revisits the African-American experience in the same decade, and Vice roams Washington, D.C.’s corridors of power at the dawn of this century.

Not content to leave these richly imagined worlds on screen, Introspective has selected furniture, decor and fashion from 1stdibs that bring a bit of them home.


The Favourite

9 nominations, including for Best Production Design


Vice

7 nominations, including for Best Original Screenplay


Black Panther

7 nominations, including for Best Costume Design


Mary Poppins Returns

4 nominations, including for Best Costume Design


Roma

10 nominations, including for Best Picture


Bohemian Rhapsody

5 nominations, including for Best Actor in a Leading Role


BlacKkKlansman

6 nominations, including for Best Director


Incredibles 2

1 nomination, for Best Animated Feature


Mary Queen of Scots

2 nominations, including for Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Credits: Black Panther, photo © Marvel/© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/courtesy of Everett Collection; Mary Poppins Returns, photo © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; The Favourite, photo by Yorgos Lanthimos/TM & copyright © Fox Seachlight Pictures, all rights reserved/courtesy of Everett Collection; Bohemian Rhapsody, photo TM & copyright © Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., all rights reserved/courtesy of Everett Collection; Roma, photo by Carlos Somonte/© Netflix/courtesy of Everett Collection; BlacKkKlansman, photo by David Lee/© Focus Features/courtesy of Everett Collection; Vice, photo by Matt Kennedy/© Annapurna Pictures/courtesy of Everett Collection; Mary Queen of Scots, photo by Liam Daniel/© Focus Features/courtesy of Everett Collection; Incredibles 2 via IMDB.

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