During the 95th Academy Awards on Sunday, the stars and creators of this year’s Oscar nominated movies will convene in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles once again. Unlike last year, when eight categories—including best production design—were relegated to a preshow, winners in all 23 categories will be announced during the ceremony this year, which begins at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on ABC.
The films nominated for best production design this year represent a wide variety of stories and world-building techniques. With a full range of ingenuity and creativity, these movies transport the viewer through design. Below, we explore the movie magic used to create these five special films.
All Quiet on the Western Front
Nominees: Production designer Christian M. Goldbeck and set decorator Ernestine Hipper
Main filming locations: An old Soviet airfield in Milovice, Czech Republic; other various locations around Prague; and Barrandov Studios in Prague
Overall production budget: $20 million
For this World War I drama centering around a young German soldier fighting against the French, hundreds of meters of trenches were dug on an airfield in the Czech Republic. Though around 15 machines were used to dig the initial holes, a grounds crew of 60, a carpentry crew of 160, and about 30 scenic painters were brought in to make the battlefield look as authentic as possible. “The problem with diggers is that they can only dig square holes,” Goldbeck, a first time Oscar nominee, jokes. “There was a beautiful greens department we had, but they weren’t doing much green, so I called it the mud crew.”