What early releases deserve recognition come January 2013?
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9. Best Art Direction: Alex DiGerlando et al, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
The stars and filmmakers behind Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild" are sure to get plenty of deserved attention this awards season, but I'm hopeful the film's below-the-line elements come into play. Particularly, the design of the production adds a considerable amount to the transportive quality of the film. Alex DiGerlando and his art department render a world entirely unique and organic. It's virtually a character in and of itself. And what other film this year will have a setting that has its own unique identity (in this case, "The Bathtub")? --Kristopher Tapley