Some of the most iconic characters in movie history aren’t people but the settings they inhabit. Whether built from scratch at great expense or scouted on a shoestring budget, a great interior setting can play a pivotal role in the telling of a good tale – just imagine Jack Torrance coming down with an acute case of writer’s block anywhere but the Overlook Hotel, or Holly Golightly stepping out from somewhere other than of her chic Upper East Side apartment.

Ahead of next month’s Academy Awards, here are five examples of outstanding production and set design from the past year which we think deserve a nod of recognition.