They had a Western, a period drama about the theatre, a period drama about the Golden Age of Hollywood, a sci-fi flick. And instead of all that, they went for the movie about newsrooms and living rooms and government offices, all from events that took place just 2-4 years previously. It does not happen often. Even this current Oscar year, the closest we'll get is La La Land, the design of which is a fantasy idea of Hollywood.
Anyway. The 1976 nominees after the jump.
Ranked by Mom, no comments from Mom - and once again...well, you'll see.
All the President's Men
George Jenkins, production design
George Gaines, set decoration
It is great work, but you know this is for the Washington Post offices - their color-coded file cabinets, the posters and files and copy laying around in organized messes. Sure, there's also the nondescript offices in Florida, and Jane Alexander's place, but it's the recreation of that newsroom that does the trick.
The Incredible Sarah
Elliot Scott, production design
Norman Reynolds, art direction
The Last Tycoon
Gene Callahan, production design
Jack T. Collis, art direction
Jerry Wunderlich, set decoration
Dale Hennesy, art direction
Robert De Vestel, set decoration
Maybe I'm a sucker for sci-fi sets, but the ones for Logan's Run are sweet. The run-down Chapel, the overgrown Capitol, the curvy steel of most everyplace else, that very specific view of "futuristic" bachelor pads the 70s had...but I think I love the ice tunnel most of all.
Robert F. Boyle, production design
Arthur Jeph Parker, set decoration
5. The Incredible Sarah
4. All the President's Men
3. The Last Tycoon
2. The Shootist
1. Logan's Run
2. Logan's Run
1. The Shootist
And so, while Oscar awarded All the President's Men, my mother and I see things similarly, if not exactly, and so the official SSR vote is...a tie!