‘Mank’ on track to be the first black-and-white Oscar winner for Best Production Design in 27 years

‘Mank’ on track to be the first black-and-white Oscar winner for Best Production Design in 27 years
The Netflix biographical drama “Mank” has had mixed results this awards season, often scoring the most nominations thanks in large part to its lavish production values, but it hasn’t had as much luck with wins. There’s one key exception, though: Best Production Design, where the film has consistently been honored by awards groups for recreating 1930s and 1940s Hollywood. If it follows through by winning that award at the Oscars, it’ll be the first black-and-white film to do so since “Schindler’s List” (1993).

Telling lavish stories about show business is a pretty good way to win Best Production Design: it worked for colorful films like “Moulin Rouge” (2001), “Chicago” (2002), “The Aviator” (2004), “La La Land” (2016), and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (2019), among others. But while black-and-white production design, art direction, and set decoration have occasionally been nominated over the last 27 years, they haven’t won: the partially color, partially black-and-white “Pleasantville” (1998) lost,
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