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'Inception's' production design scores a BAFTA upset: Oscar next? [video]

February 14, 2011 |  4:45 pm

Dyas Two days before "Inception" pulled off an upset at the BAFTA Awards in the race for production design, I powwowed with future winner Guy Dyas at the Hollywood Museum. He's an Oscar nominee in a fascinating race — and one he could win if trends continue in his category.

Normally, the Oscar and BAFTA Award for art direction go to the most ornate, bombastic decoration in films set back in historic times, like previous Oscar champs "Sweeney Todd," "Moulin Rouge" and "Shakespeare in Love."

Movies with a contemporary or futuristic look don't usually fare well, but "Avatar" won both prizes last year. Does "Inception's" victory at BAFTA bode well for its next face-off at the Academy Awards? It competes against most of the same contenders it trounced at BAFTA: "Alice in Wonderland," "The King's Speech" and "True Grit." The only difference: BAFTA nominee "Black Swan" is bumped by "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1" on Feb. 27.

The British academy and the Oscars share many voters. About 500 members of BAFTA are among the 5,800 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is a significant overlap, but there are differences in their voting processes. All Oscar voters can decide the winner, but only art directors determine who wins that BAFTA category.



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— Tom O'Neil

Photo: Guy Dyas. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images.