From left; The Favourite and Black Panther will be fighting for both

I’ve sort of hammered away both in print and on podcasts that Production Design and Costume Design go hand in hand and in fact, they have 9 times since 2000 – for Best Picture winners and nominees alike as well as non-BP nominees. Although names don’t appear on the ballots for the technical awards, most people know who’s behind them.

This year is TOUGH. The pageantry of The Favourite is pure Oscar design porn and comes from the nomination leader. But Black Panther did something wholly different in both categories, giving us looks steeped in culture and science fiction in a way that was both new and familiar.

I think the home court advantage served The Favourite well with its BAFTA wins and Black Panther was only nominated for Visual Effects there (which it won). The two films each won their respective categories with the Art Directors Guild (ADG) and Costume Designers Guild (CDG) so those are no help either. Critics’ Choice opted to give both to Black Panther.

It boils down to if the Academy wants to recognize the type of things they’ve recognized before (period royalty dramas) or something adventurous like Black Panther, which will also find itself in the history books if Hannah Beachler and/or Ruth E. Carter wins. Not that creating history is the overriding impetus to award Black Panther but it will add a special note to the evening.

I’m going with a split this year, with very little chance of a surprise winner in either. We’ll see how that turns out.


1. THE FAVOURITE – Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton (ADG, BAFTA)
2. BLACK PANTHER – Hannah Beachler (ADG, BFCA)
3. ROMA – Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enrı́quez
4. FIRST MAN – Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas
5. MARY POPPINS RETURNS – John Myhre, Gordon Sim
ADG – Art Directors Guild
BAFTA – British Film Academy Awards
BFCA – Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critics Choice)


1. BLACK PANTHER – Ruth E. Carter (BFCA, CDG)
2. THE FAVOURITE – Sandy Powell (BAFTA, CDG)
5. MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS – Alexandra Byrne
BAFTA – British Film Academy Awards
BFCA – Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critics Choice)
CDG – Costume Designers Guild
Erik Anderson

Erik Anderson is the founder/owner and Editor-in-Chief of AwardsWatch and has always loved all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards since he was in single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself in film school and the film forums of GoldDerby, and then migrated over to the former Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), before breaking off to create AwardsWatch in 2013. He is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved critic, accredited by the Cannes Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and more, is a member of the International Cinephile Society (ICS), The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics (GALECA), Hollywood Critics Association (HCA) and the International Press Academy. Among his many achieved goals with AwardsWatch, he has given a platform to underrepresented writers and critics and supplied them with access to film festivals and the industry and calls the Bay Area his home where he lives with his husband and son.

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