The Academy Award for Best Art Direction goes to… Alice in Wonderland?

Thumbs down. Thumbs way down. Down, buried in the grave yard of dead art direction down. Wonderland is where art direction goes to die.

Robert Stromberg thinks he’s a) funny or b) cute by putting a ‘Mad Hatter’ hat on his Oscar. How presumptuous to have it made and how insulting it is to the other nominees. Truly tasteless.

I realize that I shouldn’t bad mouth any production designer at this stage in my career but I’m sorry, I can’t help it. This was the worst choice the Academy could have made. If I were to order the strength of the nominees in the order that I see fit, Alice in Wonderland would have been on the bottom and in my books not even nominated. I think at this point the Academy just nominates all Tim Burton films no matter what and generally I’m okay with that as a big Tim Burton fan but when the film looks like a ghetto floral shop exploded on the screen in a cartoon candy land not to mention the over-use of visual effects and greenscreen I do not abide.

When I look at some of the truly phenomenal and thoughtful art direction provided to us this year by masters of their craft I shake my head in disgust at the disregard shown at the Academy Awards last night. I don’t believe for a second those voters did their homework nor understood in definition what great art direction is or what it entails. If they had, Robert Stromberg could have kept that dumb little hat in his pocket.

Inception was robbed. Blind-folded, held at gunpoint, and robbed.

Sorry but this is just my opinion. I’ll write something a little more educated and intelligent when the steam stops coming out of my ears. Rant over.

What did you guys think? Am I wrong?

Rose Lagace | @artdepartmental

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Rose Lagacé is a production designer for film & television by day and an emerging filmmaker by night. Rose is also the creator and editor of Art Departmental where she celebrates the art and craft of production design.

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