7. The production design of "Gangs of New York" (Dante Ferretti, 2002)
There’s always at least one facepalm moment amid the craft award presentations on Oscar night, and the 2002 ceremony’s biggest one came when Dante Ferretti’s jaw-dropping, from-scratch studio recreation of 19th-century Lower Manhattan, complete with waterfront, lost out to some nicely dressed stages from “Chicago.” Never mind. This big-thinking director-designer collaboration was rewarded two years later for handsome work on Scorsese’s “The Aviator” (and will likely strike gold again for “Hugo”), but this lavish, richly-textured Cinecittà-based mini-city is still Ferretti’s magnum opus.
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