[Presenting Art Direction, by Joel and Ethan Coen]
For as long as the medium has existed the debate has raged, Are movies Art or Entertainment? Well, how many movies these days are entertaining? Yes, movies are an art, but the person who directs this art that movies are, who was formerly called the Art Director is now confusingly called the Production Designer. The Production Designer directs the work of the person currently called the Art Director and is himself usually a former Art Director who has gotten to big for his britches. But specifically, what does the Production Designer do? Well, he or she flips about the set, draping things and fabrics, hanging pictures on the wall, or if it's a World War II picture, arranging the mud. Everything you see on the screen except for the actors, who don't matter so much, is designed by the Production Designer, or if he didn't design it, he at least looked at it and said 'OK, we'll go with that'. We honor then these strange artistic people. The nominees...
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