Art Directors Guild Nominees

NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2012:

Period Film

ANNA KARENINA
Production Designer:  Sarah Greenwood
ARGO
Production Designer:  Sharon Seymour
DJANGO UNCHAINED
Production Designer:  J. Michael Riva
LES MISÉRABLES 
Production Designer:  Eve Stewart
LINCOLN 
Production Designer:  Rick Carter

Fantasy Film

CLOUD ATLAS  
Production Designer:  Uli Hanisch, Hugh Bateup
LIFE OF PI 
Production Designer:  David Gropman
PROMETHEUS 
Production Designer:  Arthur Max
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES 
Production Designers:  Nathan Crowley, Kevin Kavanaugh
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY 
Production Designer:  Dan Hannah

Contemporary Film

FLIGHT  
Production Designer:  Nelson Coates
SKYFALL 
Production Designer:  Dennis Gassner
THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
Production Designer:  Alan MacDonald
THE IMPOSSIBLE 
Production Designer:  Eugenio Caballero
ZERO DARK THIRTY 
Production Designer:  Jeremy Hindle

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NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN IN TELEVISION FOR 2012:

One-Hour Single Camera Television Series

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Episode:  Resolution
Production Designer:Bill Groom
DOWNTON ABBEY Episode:  Christmas Special
Production Designer: Donal Woods
GAME OF THRONES Episode:  The Ghost of Harrenhal
Production Designer: Gemma Jackson
HOMELAND Episode:  The Choice
Production Designer: John D. Kretschmer
NEWSROOM Episode:  We Just Decided To
Production Designer:Richard Hoover

Television Movie or Miniseries

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM Episode: I Am Anne Frank, Part 2
Production Designer:  Mark Worthington
GAME CHANGE
Production Designer:  Michael Corenblith
HATFIELDS and MCCOYS
Episode:  Ep.#1.1-Night One, Ep.#1.2-Night Two, Ep.#1.3-Night Three
Production Designer:  Derek R. Hill
HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN
Production Designer:  Geoffrey Kirkland
MOCKINGBIRD LANE
Production Designer:  Michael Wylie

Episode of a Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series

COMMUNITY Episode:  Pillows and Blankets
Production Designer:  Denise Pizzini
GIRLS Episode:  Pilot
Production Designer:  Judy Becker
MODERN FAMILY Episode:  Mystery Date
Production Designer:  Richard Berg
PARKS & RECREATION Episode:  Soda Tax
Production Designer:  Ian Phillips
THE NEW NORMAL Episode:  Sofa’s Choice
Production Designer:  Tony Fanning

Episode of a Multicamera, Variety, or Unscripted Series

2 BROKE GIRLS Episode:  And The Silent Partner
Production Designer:  Glenda Rovello
DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION 
Production Designer:  Bruce Rodgers
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Episode:  The Magicians Code Part 1
Production Designer:  Stephan Olson
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Episode:  Mick Jagger Host
Production Designer:  Keith Raywood
THE VOICE
Production Designer:  Anton Goss, James Pearse Connelly

Awards, Music, or Game Shows

84th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS
Production Designer:  John Myhre
GRAMMY NOMINATION CONCERT LIVE Episode:Countdown
Production Designer:  Matthew Russell
SUPER BOWL XLVIEpisode: Halftime Show Starring Madonna
Production Designer:  Bruce Rodgers
THE 64th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS
Production Designer:  Steve Bass
THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, 40th ANNUAL
Production Designer:  Joe Stewart

Commercials and Music Videos

BUDWEISER Episode: The Return of the King
Production Designer:  Jason Hamilton
MACY’S Episode:  Dream
Production Designer:  Carlos A. Menendez
NIKE Episode:  Fast is Faster
Production Designer:  Tino Schaedler
NIKE+ Episode:  Game On World
Production Designer:  James Chinlund
X-BOX Episode:  Halo 4 Commissioning
Production Designer:  Christopher Glass

17 Comments on this Post

  1. Christophe

    I would choose Moonrise Kingdom instead of Argo but beyond that glitch, it’s a good list.

  2. gbocampo

    wow! “The Impossible”. BP nomination is not entirely impossible but still one of the wildcards.

  3. Nice to see Django get noticed! Great week thus far!

  4. Prometheus lives!

  5. Thinking the actual Oscar nominees will be:

    ANNA KARENINA
    DJANGO UNCHAINED
    THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
    LES MISERABLES
    LINCOLN

  6. Given a film where one third is set in the past (like a century ago), one third set in the present, and the other third set in the distant future, which category should it fall under?

  7. Anna Karenina will totally win this the art direction was breathtaking

  8. Tero Heikkinen

    Yay for Riva. Could be the last.

  9. Wow. Massive snub for Moonrise Kingdom.
    I don’t the nom for The Impossible helps it in best picture as it’s really a nomination for rebuilding the resort to it’s pre-tsunami look. A massive feat that deserves an art direction Oscar nom.

  10. Phat Tony

    Is Moonrise Kingdom a period film, or a fantasy film? (The answer: it’s a hideously overrated film.) In any case, I’m glad that the Guild is denying W. Anderson any further encouragement in making his movies look like paintings and/or dollhouses.

  11. Agreed, I’d swap Argo for Moonrise Kingdom too. It’s the critics groups’ favourite. But that award has got to be Anna Karenina’s. You’re right, Tom – breathtaking.

    And I also agree that the nomination for The Impossible is well-merited.

  12. Daveylo

    Well, at least the Art Directors have done their homework this year. I just hope the Academy voters are actually watching The Impossible.

  13. How could they leave off Moonrise?

    Well, can’t complain too much. Everything else fits.

    It would be wonderful to see Cloud Atlas pop up here Oscar morning. So deserved.

    Oh, and therrrrrrrres Best Exotic again ;)

  14. Great to see love for this year most emotional movie, THE IMPOSSIBLE.
    I would love to see this movie nominated for the next Academy Awards and I really hope excellent actress Naomi Watts to win,her tour de force performace haunts me. It is a pleasure to see a so strong and subtle performarce.

  15. Overall, I’m fairly happy with their list.

    HOWEVER, there is one glaring omission in their “fantasy” film listing and that is for:

    “Snow White and the Huntsman” – Dominic Watkins, Andrew Ackland-Snow, Alastair Bullock, John Frankish, Oliver Goodier, Stuart Rose, David Warren

    These art directors/set decorators did outstanding work on this film.

    Although overlooked by the guild, AMPAS MEMBERS – please take notice of this movie in the Best Production Design category.

  16. Supplement to above comment – I would leave off “Lincoln” in this category and replace it with “Snow White and the Huntsman” come Oscar nomination time.

    “Lincoln” is beloved and deserves nominations in some categories (but its production design is fairly pedestrian, I would have to say). There was much better work in other films this year in this category than “Lincoln”. I think it’s a band-wagon nomination.

  17. @keifer: And that’s probably why it will happen.

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