Art Directors

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Best Period Film: Adam Stockhausen, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Fantasy Film: Christopher Wood, Guardians of the Galaxy.
Best Contemporary Film: Kevin Thompson, Birdman

Period or Fantasy TV Series: Deborah Riley, Game of Thrones
Period or Fsntasy TV Series: Alex DiGerlando, True Detective
TV Movie or Mini-Series: Mark Worthington for American Horror Story
Half-hour Single-Camera TV Series: Richard Toyon, Silicon Valley
Awards or Event Special: Derek McLane for the 86th Academy Awards
Multi-Camera Television Series goes to John Shaffner for Big Bang
Short Format: WebSeries, Music Video or Commercial: Sean Hargreaves, Apple’s ‘Perspective’
Variety, Competition, Reality, or Game Show Series: Tyler B. Robinson, Portlandia

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Earlier: Art Directors are on the red carpet right now, ready for tonight’s ADG Awards. With The Grand Budapest Hotel doing so well with other key precursors this month, it’s hard to imagine that Production Designer Adam Stockhausen won’t be honored. For the theatrical film categories, I’ll guess that the evening goes like this:

Period Film: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Fantasy Film: Interstellar
Contemporary: Gone Girl

I realize Gone Girl’s art direction is the most subtle in its category, but I think it’s also the most sophisticated — I’d even say witty. If the ADG voters decide to go for ugliest, tackiest, most tawdry art direction, then the Contemporary category might be a 4-way tie between Sniper, Burdman, Foxcatcher and Nightcrawler. I know those four films are supposed to make me feel like i need a hot steamy shower and they all succeeded. Though I’ll concede, if Gone Girl has to continue its losing streak, then Nightcrawler’s clammy LA cityscape feels the most cohesively atmospheric.

Full list of all the nominees — TV too. What are best guesses for tonight’s winners?

NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2014:
Period Film

INHERENT VICE
Production Designer: DAVID CRANK

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
Production Designer: ADAM STOCKHAUSEN

THE IMITATION GAME
Production Designer: MARIA DJURKOVIC

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
Production Designer: JOHN PAUL KELLY

UNBROKEN
Production Designer: JON HUTMAN

Fantasy Film

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
Production Designer: PETER WENHAM

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Production Designer: JAMES CHINLUND

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Production Designer: CHARLES WOOD

INTERSTELLAR
Production Designer: NATHAN CROWLEY

INTO THE WOODS
Production Designer: DENNIS GASSNER

Contemporary Film

AMERICAN SNIPER
Production Designers: JAMES J. MURAKAMI, CHARISSE CARDENAS

BIRDMAN
Production Designer: KEVIN THOMPSON

FOXCATCHER
Production Designer: JESS GONCHOR

GONE GIRL
Production Designer: DONALD GRAHAM BURT

NIGHTCRAWLER
Production Designer: KEVIN KAVANAUGH

NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN IN TELEVISION 2014:
One-Hour Period or Fantasy Single-Camera Television Series

GAME OF THRONES: “The Laws of Gods and Men,” “The Mountain and the Viper”
Production Designer: DEBORAH RILEY

MAD MEN: “Time Zones”
Production Designer: DAN BISHOP

GOTHAM: “Pilot,” “Selina Kyle,” “Arkham”
Production Designer: DOUG KRANER

THE KNICK: “Method and Madness,” “Working Late a Lot”
Production Designer: HOWARD CUMMINGS

BOARDWALK EMPIRE: “Golden Days for Boys and Girls”
Production Designer: BILL GROOM

One-Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Television Series

HOMELAND: “The Drone Queen”
Production Designer: JOHN D. KRETSCHMER

HOUSE OF CARDS: “Chapter 18”
Production Designer: STEVE ARNOLD

JUSTIFIED: “Murder Of Crowes,” “Wrong Roads,” “The Toll”
Production Designer: DAVE BLASS

THE NEWSROOM: “Boston,” “Main Justice,” “Contempt”
Production Designer: KAREN STEWARD

TRUE DETECTIVE: “The Locked Room,” “Form and Void”
Production Designer: ALEX DiGERLANDO

Television Movie or Mini-Series

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW: “Massacres and Matinees”
Production Designer: MARK WORTHINGTON

COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY: “Unafraid of the Dark”
Production Designer: SETH REED

FARGO: “The Crocodiles Dilemma”
Production Designer: JOHN BLACKIE

HOUDINI: “Part I,” “Part II”
Production Designer: PATRIZIA VON BRANDENSTEIN

SHERLOCK: “His Last Vow”
Production Designer: ARWEL W. JONES

Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series

CALIFORNICATION: “Faith, Hope, Love,” “Like Father Like Son,” “Kickoff”
Production Designer: RAY YAMAGATA

HOUSE OF LIES: “Wreckage,” “Middlegame,” “Zha- Moreng”
Production Designer: RAY YAMAGATA

MODERN FAMILY: “Halloween 3: Awesomeland,” “Marco Polo,” “Won’t You Be Our Neighbor”
Production Designer: CLAIRE BENNETT

SILICON VALLEY: “Articles of Incorporation,” “Signaling Risk,” “Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency”
Production Designer: RICHARD TOYON

VEEP: “Clovis,” “Special Relationship,” “Debate”
Production Designer: JAMES GLOSTER

Multi-Camera Television Series

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: “How Your Mother Met Me”
Production Designer: STEPHAN OLSON

MIKE & MOLLY: “Mike & Molly’s Excellent Adventure,” “The Dice Lady Cometh”
Production Designer: JOHN SHAFFNER

THE BIG BANG THEORY: “The Locomotive Manipulation,” “The Convention Conundrum,” “The Status Quo Combustion”
Production Designer: JOHN SHAFFNER:

THE MILLERS: “You Are the Wind Beneath My Wings, Man,” “Con-Troversy,” “Papa Was a Rolling Bone”
Production Designer: GLENDA ROVELLO

UNDATABLE: “Pilot”
Production Designer: CABOT McMULLEN

Awards or Event Special

86th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS
Production Designer: DEREK McLANE

PETER PAN LIVE!
Production Designer: DEREK McLANE

SUPER BOWL XLVIII HALFTIME SHOW: STARRING BRUNO MARS
Production Designer: BRUCE RODGERS

THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS 2014
Production Designer: JOE STEWART

THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA: A GRAMMY SALUTE TO THE BEATLES
Production Designer: MATTHEW RUSSELL

THE 66th PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS
Production Designer: KEITH IAN RAYWOOD

Short Format: WebSeries, Music Video or Commercial

APPLE: “Perspective”
Production Designer: SEAN HARGREAVES

COLDPLAY: “Magic”
Production Designer: EMMA FAIRLEY

IKEA: “Carousel”
Production Designer: RICHARD LASSALLE

KATY PERRY: “Dark Horse”
Production Designer: JEREMY REED

SIMPSON’S MARATHON
Production Designer: ZACH MATHEWS

Variety, Competition, Reality, or Game Show Series

KEY & PEELE: “Halloween Episode,” “Alien Imposters”
Production Designer: GARY KORDAN

PORTLANDIA: “Celery”
Production Designer: TYLER B. ROBINSON

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: “Louis C. K. with Sam Smith,” “Anna Kendrick with Pharrell Williams,” “Chris Rock with Prince”
Production Designers: KEITH IAN RAYWOOD, EUGENE LEE, AKIRA YOSHIMURA, N. JOSEPH DeTULLIO

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON: “1,” “45,” “56”
Production Designers: EUGENE LEE, PETER BARAN

THE VOICE: “Blind Auditions Premiere”
Production Designers: JAMES PEARSE CONNELLY, ANTON GOSS

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Winners:

  • Excellence in Production Design for a Contemporary Film – K.K. Barrett – Her
  • Excellence in Production Design for a Fantasy Film – Andy Nicholson – Gravity
  • Excellence in Production Design for a Period Film – Catherine Martin – The Great Gatsby

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NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2013:

Period Film

  • AMERICAN HUSTLE – Production Designer: Judy Becker
  • THE GREAT GATSBY – Production Designer: Catherine Martin
  • INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS – Production Designer: Jess Gonchor
  • SAVING MR. BANKS – Production Designer: Michael Corenblith
  • 12 YEARS A SLAVE – Production Designer: Adam Stockhausen

Fantasy Film

  • ELYSIUM – Production Designer: Philip Ivey
  • GRAVITY – Production Designer: Andy Nicholson
  • THE HOBBIT:
  • THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG – Production Designer: Dan Hennah
  • OBLIVION – Production Designer: Darren Gilford
  • STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS – Production Designer: Scott Chambliss

Contemporary Film

  • AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY – Production Designer: David Gropman
  • BLUE JASMINE – Production Designer: Santo Loquasto
  • CAPTAIN PHILLIPS – Production Designer: Paul Kirby
  • HER – Production Designer: K.K. Barrett
  • THE WOLF OF WALL STREET – Production Designer: Bob Shaw

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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

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Winners:

Period Film: Sherlock Holmes
Fantasy Film Winner: Avatar
Contemporary design: The Hurt Locker

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The ADG, At Directors Guild, will be handing out their awards on Saturday night. I have bolded those I think have the best shot, but I must add that I am not the person who knows anything about how the art directors guild judges great works of art direction. It’s strange that only two of these are nominated for the Oscar in this category, Avatar and Sherlock Holmes. That makes me think Sherlock Holmes could be the ADG winner for Period Film. I sort of think it will go Inglourious Basterds’ way because it has more Best Picture heat. But we shall see. I’ll go with Sherlock Holmes, following the theory that if it’s got an Oscar nod it has more prestige. For the same reason, contemporary film could go to The Hurt Locker is my guess, based on its popularity and Best Pic heat. Of course, fantasy is Avatar’s to lose. The beauty, the detail, the original vision of the computer animation makes it seem like the balls-out frontrunner in this category. Nominees and predictions after the cut.

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This video is hosted, along with a few others, on the ADG site

“If the Art Directors Go For it I’ll Change My Mind”

This is what one of the best Oscar predictors told me the other day with regard to Avatar’s art direction. The Art Directors Guild will announce today, according to our calendar. The reason behind this idea is that the film is mostly designed using various technologies and not with traditional art directors building sets from the ground up. But what I forgot to tell him was that Wall-E was nominated last year in the fantasy category, thus it seems likely Avatar would make it – with some competition here or there.

Last year the winners were:

  • Best period film design: Donald Graham Burt, Benjamin Button
    Nominees: Changeling, Doubt, Frost/Nixon, Milk
  • Best fantasy film design: Nathan Crowley, The Dark Knight
    Nominees: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Iron Man, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Wall-E
  • Best contemporary film design: Mark Digby, Slumdog Millionaire
    Nominees: Burn After Reading, Gran Torino, Quantum of Solace, The Wrestler

The Art Directors Guild divides their awards into three categories. But Oscar only gives them five slots total. Last year, those five slots went to:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (which won, deservedly, though much of it was computer-generated)
Changeling
Revolutionary Road
The Dark Knight
The Duchess

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As Sasha notes above, one week from today things will really begin to snowball, so here’s a handy schedule to help us prepare for the avalanche of Critics and Guild Awards dates in coming weeks.

December
12/16 – Chicago Film Critics Nominations
12/12 – European Film Awards
12/13 – AFI Awards Announced
12/13 – Boston Critics Announce
12/13 – LA Film Critics Announce
12/14 – NY Film Critics Announce
12/21 – Chicago Film Critics Awards
12/14 – Critics Choice Award Nominations
12/15 – Golden Globe Nominations
12/17 – SAG Nominations
12/28 – Oscar Nomination Ballots Mailed

January
1/3 – National Critics Awards Announce
1/4 – USC Scripter Nominations
1/7 – DGA Nominations
1/8 – Online Film Critics Awards Announce
1/12 – ACE Eddie Nominations
1/17 – Art Directors Guild Nominations
1/11 – WGA Nominations
1/11 – ASC Nominations
1/15 – Critics Choice Awards
1/17 – Golden Globe Awards
1/21 – BAFTA Award Nominations
1/23 – SAG Awards
1/23 – Oscar Nomination Polls Close
1/24 – PGA Awards
1/24 – Costume Designers Guild Nominations
1/27 – ASC Awards
1/30 – DGA Awards

February
2/2 – Oscar Nominations
2/6 – USC Scripter Awards
2/13 – Art Directors Guild Awards
2/13 – ACE Eddie Awards
2/18 – VES Nominations
2/20 – Final Oscar Ballots Mailed
2/20 – WGA Awards
2/21 – BAFTAs
2/25 – Costume Designers Guild Awards
2/28 – VES Awards

March
3/2 – Final Oscar Polls Close
3/6 – Independent Spirit Awards
3/7 – Oscar Night

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Art Directors Guild Winners (thanks to ladylurks and Niles Hemming):

  • Best period film design: Donald Graham Burt, Benjamin Button
  • Best fantasy film design: Nathan Crowley, The Dark Knight
  • Best contemporary film design: Mark Digby, Slumdog Millionaire

The Art Directors Guild has it figured out. If brilliant action movies like The Bourne Ultimatum and The Dark Knight aren’t “serious” enough for filmmakers who play dress-up for a living, just make sure there are plenty of categories to cover all the creative bases.

Looking for a way to make the Oscars unique, distinctive, truly inclusive, and relevant? Fiddling around with the Best Song format is a limp dick attempt. Revamp the entire structure into something really revolutionary. How about splitting the event into two nights (like the Westminster Dog Show!) Have 3 or 4 genre winners in every category the first night, and then Best of Breed on night two.

Tirade continued after the cut, along with the TV categories.

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