The 2018 Academy Awards are on Sunday, March 4, and while we’ll be tuning in to see who takes the top Oscars for acting, directing, and Best Picture, we’re also in it for the creative categories. While all the nominees for production design are deserving of a win, a few of our favorite movie interiors didn’t make the cut. So, without further ado, here are Apartment Therapy’s Awards for Best Sets.
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Best Apartment For Hiding Your Fish Boyfriend: The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro’s gorgeous visual world is actually nominated for production design, and we can see why. The Cold War fairytale combines fantasy and brutalism in a masterful way, especially in the dual designs of Elisa and Giles’ twin apartments—with very different decor. Read more of our take on the haunting aquatic spaces, designed by Paul Denham Austerberry (production design), Shane Vieau and Jeffrey A. Melvin (set decoration).
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Best Place to Fall in Love for the First Time: Call Me By Your Name
A dreamy Italian villa in the summer of 1983—does it get any better? Now add some coming of age inner turmoil with a dash of first love, and you have a beautiful film happening on some stunning sets. Interior designer turned first time set decorator Violante Visconti di Modrone is responsible for the villa’s hauntingly alluring look and feel. “I wanted to convey the feeling of time passing, that people were there long before this family,” she said in an interview. We found out how to get the look, and even how to get the actual house where Call Me By Your Name was filmed.
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Best Dining Room For a Hungry Boy: Phantom Thread
Phantom Thread is a fashion movie, it’s a food movie, and it’s an interiors movie. The juxtaposition between the posh London townhouse and the country escape brilliantly mirrors Reynolds’ fluctuating temperaments, thanks to Mark Tildesley (production design) and Véronique Melery (set decoration). If you’re tempted to emulate either look, we did the legwork for you.
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Best Teen Bedroom For Plotting Your Escape From Sacramento: Lady Bird
Even if your teen bedroom didn’t look exactly like Lady Bird’s, chances are, it brought back memories. The walls with too many photos, remnants of an earlier version of yourself covered in ephemera is a staple of any coming of age story, and particularly this one. We interviewed production designer Chris Jones on how he worked with Greta Gerwig and set decorator Traci Spadorcia to create the space.