The Unique Challenge of World Building in ‘Black Panther,’ ‘First Man,’ and ‘The Favourite’

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The Unique Challenge of World Building in ‘Black Panther,’ ‘First Man,’ and ‘The Favourite’
This year’s race for the Best Production Design Oscar is all about exotic world building, from “Black Panther’s” innovative Wakanda, to “First Man’s” ghostly moon landing, to “The Favourite’s” 18th century royal palace as a playground and battlefield for love and political maneuvering.

Hannah Beachler could become the first African-American to win the Oscar for production design for creating the fictional civilization of Wakanda in “Black Panther.” She designed an oasis of Afrofuturism with a distinct written language, which was the perfect complement to the social realism infused by director Ryan Coogler for this zeitgeist-grabbing Marvel phenomenon about black empowerment.

Read More: ‘Black Panther’: How Wakanda Got a Written Language as Part of its Afrofuturism

Production designer Nathan Crowley (“Interstellar”) found his lunar location for Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” in a gray quarry outside of Atlanta, where he carved a huge set. The historic moon walk,
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