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2015 Art Directors Guild Awards Set For January 31

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 2:58pm PDT

ADG logoThe 19th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards, honoring production design in theatrical motion pictures, TV, commercials and music videos will be held Saturday, January 31, at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton. Here’s the timeline announced today: Read More »

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Deadline Awards Watch 63: The Oscars For Grownups Podcast

By and | Thursday February 13, 2014 @ 3:51pm PST

Deadline Awards Watch ep 63This week, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and host David Bloom look at whether Gravity is a lock to win the Oscar technical categories after dominating the Visual Effects Society awards and winning at the Art Directors Guild – but losing at the Eddies to Captain Phillips. Pete and David also check in on the scene at the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon, where everyone’s a winner; and the AARP Movies for Grownups event, where everyone’s a grownup; and remember entertainment titans Shirley Temple Black and Sid Caesar.

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Art Directors Guild Awards: ‘Her’, ‘Gravity’, ‘The Great Gatsby’ Win Top Film Prizes; HBO Cleans Up On TV Side; Martin Scorsese Honored

By | Saturday February 8, 2014 @ 7:16pm PST

ADG logoHer, Gravity and The Great Gatsby were the big winners on the film side at tonight’s ADG Awards at the Beverly Hilton. “I didn’t know if we were making a fantasy or a period film in the future,” Her production designer K.K. Barrett in accepting the award. “Spike Jonze told me, ‘Who are we to question what anybody else feels is real.’” Looking around the room, I believe in all your realities.”

Related: WGA Awards: ‘Captain Phillips’ & ‘Her’ Win Top Film Awards
Said production designer Andy Nicholson from the podium: “Gravity was an incredibly long and tough journey for my crew. None of this would’ve been possible without the artistic vision of Alfonso Cuaron.”
Martin Scorsese scored points in the room as he accepted the guild’s prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award, presented by his Wolf Of Wall Street stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. “How does one even separate cinema from PD? You can’t,” he said. “We have images in our mind, pictures in our head, but yours are the ones I look to to get those images on the screen. You’ve never let me down. This [award] is for you.”

HBO cleaned up on the TV side, with Game Of Thrones, Behind The Candelabra and Veep all picking up trophies during the 18th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards. The show was hosted by Owen Benjamin, a comic and regular on the TBS comedy Sullivan & Son.

Here is the complete list of winners. Read on for the recap of our live blog.

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Art Directors Guild Film, TV Nominees Announced

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 7:34am PST

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9, 2014 – Today the Art Directors Guild (ADG) announcedADG_logo110920195941-275x55 nominations in 10 categories of Production Design for theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos competing in the Art Directors Guild’s 18th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards, Presented by Kohler. The nominations were announced by ADG Council Chair John Shaffner and Awards co-producers Dave Blass and Raf Lydon. The black-tie ceremony announcing winners will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2014, from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills with comedian Owen Benjamin serving as host.

As previously announced, the recipient of the Guild’s prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award will be Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese, whose film The Wolf of Wall Street is in current release. Production Designer Rick Carter will be awarded the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Kohler. Hall of Fame inductees are Robert Clatworthy, Harper Goff and J. Michael Riva.

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

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Rick Carter To Receive Art Directors’ Lifetime Achievement Award

By | Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 8:45am PDT

Two-time Oscar winning production designer Rick Carter has been chosen to receive the Art Directors Guild‘s Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be bestowed February 8 at the 18th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Carter won the Academy Award last year for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and for 2010′s Avatar and was nominated for Forrest Gump (2004) and War Horse (2011). His career began in 1976 on Bound For Glory and he has had a long association with Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, working on such films as The Goonies (1985), the Back To The Future trilogy franchise, the Jurassic Park franchise, Amistad (1997), Cast Away (2000), The Polar Express (2004), and War Of The Worlds (2005). His other credits include Death Becomes Her (1992), What Lies Beneath (2000), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), Munich (2005) and Sucker Punch (2011). He is currently working on Jurassic Park IV. The ADG Awards‘ nominations will be unveiled January 9.

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Art Directors Guild Awards: ‘Skyfall’ Best Contemporary Film, Fantasy Film To ‘Life Of Pi’, Period Film ‘Anna Karenina’; Also ‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’, ‘Girls’, 84th Oscars, ‘SNL’

By | Saturday February 2, 2013 @ 7:42pm PST

Art Directors Guild Awards 2013 WinnersSkyfall and James Bond were the big winners tonight as the Art Directors Guild handed out its 17th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards for 2012. Unlike the Academy, the ADG divides production design for film honors into in three distinct categories — Period Film, Fantasy Film, and Contemporary Film — allowing Oscar rivals Anna Karenina and Life Of Pi to both take home top trophies. Meanwhile, Skyfall and its production designer Dennis Gassner took the Contemporary Film honors during the awards Art Directors Guild Awards 2013ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hosted by Paula Poundstone, who kept the stylish below-the-line crowd rolling with trade-oriented zingers throughout the night. (The ADG loves her — it’s Poundstone’s fourth consecutive year doing her outsider stand-up comic routine as emcee.)

Earlier in the evening, the Bond franchise’s production gurus Gassner, Ken Adam, Peter Lamont, and Allan Cameron were honored with the guild’s Cinematic Imagery Award, recognizing the longest-running franchise in film history for its visionary and innovative design. Gassner called the franchise “the greatest privilege of my life and career”. The only person to take the stage twice tonight, he joined the Bond team as production designer on Quantum Of Solace and Skyfall and is working on the next Daniel Craig-starring sequel, Bond 24. “It’s a joy to be able to work with such good people,” he said from the podium after winning the final award of the night, “because it’s such hard work.”

It won’t be the last we hear from Bond this awards season: the Academy plans its own tribute to the franchise, and Adele is singing the Skyfall theme, during the Oscarcast on February 24.

Art Directors Guild Awards 2013In other top honors tonight, production designer Sarah Greenwood staked her claim as the Oscar frontrunner, winning the Period Film prize for Anna Karenina, and David Gropman won the Fantasy Film award for Life Of Pi. Both brought their considerable crews onstage with them. “No designer acts by himself, so I thank my fantastic crew that helped me on this journey”, Gropman said.

Before the show, four-time Oscar nominee Greenwood spoke with Deadline about her ADG and Academy Award nominations for Anna Karenina (she won her first ADG award for 2010′s Sherlock Holmes): “I get more nervous [with each nominated film]. The first time we came out we had no idea what this was all about. You come in like an ingenue and you’re very naive. Now you come out and it’s quite scary, you’ve really got to keep it up. We always said Anna Karenina was a ‘marmite film’ — you either love it or hate it. And the reactions have been quite profound. People either got it, or they haven’t got it, and that’s fine. Joe had a very strong vision for this and we followed it through.”

Awards in nine categories of production design for film, television, commercials and music videos were announced during the evening, which saw Star Trek production designer and art director Herman Zimmerman receive the guild’s Art Directors Guild Awards 2013Lifetime Achievement Award. Family Guy creator (and Oscars 2013 host) Seth MacFarlane spoke of Zimmerman’s Star Trek legacy in a taped video: “Herman Zimmerman deserves a lot of credit that I don’t think he’s ever received for creating what is the most original production design for a spaceship that we’ve ever seen in the modern era of filmmaking.” The guild also enshrined Preston Ames, Richard MacDonald, and Edward S. Stephenson into the Hall Of Fame.

On the TV side, Saturday Night Live and the Academy Awards were repeat winners, while Girls (Judy Becker), Game Of Thrones (Gemma Jackson) and American Horror Story: Asylum (Mark Worthington) also scored. Following is a complete list of winners:

17th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards

Contemporary Film
SKYFALL
Production Designer: Dennis Gassner

Gassner previously won the Oscar for his work on Bugsy the same year he earned an Oscar nomination for Barton Fink. He is a man of few words but has the presence of mind to add a last important thank you before he departs the dais: “Thank you to David Gersh, my agent.”

Fantasy Film
LIFE OF PI
Production Designer: David Gropman

Period Film
ANNA KARENINA
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Art Directors Guild Movie, TV Nominees Announced

By | Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 9:03pm PST

The Art Directors Guild (ADG) today announced nominations in nine categories of Production Design for theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos competing in the ADG’s 17th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards Presented by BMW for 2012. The nominations were announced by ADG Council Chair John Shaffner and Awards co-producers Greg Grande and Raf Lyndon. Deadline for final voting, which is done online, is January 31. The black-tie ceremony announcing winners will take place Saturday, February 2, 2013, from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills with Paula Poundstone serving as host for the fourth consecutive year.

Production Designer Herman Zimmerman will be the recipient of the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Hall of Fame inductees are Preston Ames, Richard MacDonald, and Edward S. Stephenson. The Production Designers behind the JAMES BOND franchise, Sir Ken Adam, Allan Cameron, Dennis Gassner, and Peter Lamont will be honored for Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery.

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

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