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The Films of 2014. The 15th annual FiLM BiTCH Awards

Nominations Announced all January Long. Medals in February

 

Best Production Design
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
James Chinlund
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
Adam Stockhausen
MR TURNER
Suzie Davis
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
Marco Bittner Rosser
SNOWPIERCER
Ondrej Nekvasil
It's not just advances in technology that make this fantastical vision so authentic but the scope of Chinlund's world building: ape habitats, primitive languages, decaying cities and vegetation exploding where it's long been uprooted. Anderson's precious diorama like aesthetic has finally met its soulmate. Wherever the busy plot takes you from prisons, offices, mansions, bakeries, museums, it's all art-directed heaven... as delicious as the Budapest's tiered cake exterior. From memorably functional workrooms, to the stately order of the homes of patrons, to overcrowded exhibitions, and that quaint seaside oasis, Mr Turner is impeccably detailed and designed, fully immersing you in the old world. From Adam's makeshift musician's cave of a delapitated townhouse, to Eve's cascading shelfless library, Rosser & team find multiple ways to embody homes that rarely have guests and are completely attuned to their solitary ancient resident. Nekvasil practically has a whole anthology to design, given this narrow sectional allegorical title character. We move violently from chapter to chapter / compartment to compartment, new wonders and nightmares behind every door.

 

Finalists: The Homesman - Meredith Boswell's finds beauty in the plainness, eery details and smart color choices along the journey; Birdman Kevin Thompson works wonders in a movie star's cramped dressing room, and a New York theater filled with mystery and moving targets. Bonus points for that crazy liquor store, as lit up as any Indian restaurant on 6th street. 

Semi-Finalists: The Imitation Game - Marja Durjovic; The Babadook -Alex Holmes; Noah -Mark Friedberg;  Interstellar Nathan Crowley; The Boxtrolls - August Hall, Paul Lasaine, Tom McCluire