The Art Directors Guild of America (ADG) announced their annual award nominations today. Babs has always been interested in this particular honour. Split into 3 categories the movie section honours period, fantasy and contemporary film production design. Not many surprises except the ridiculous nomination for “Bridesmaids” it always irritates that films tend to run in packs as far as nominations are concerned during awards season. “Bridesmaids” may have had a funny lead performance and if you really want to stretch it, the screenplay was ok, but production design? – oh please. The guild has yet to decide the nomination for Steven Spielberg’s animated “Tin Tin” movie.
THE ARTIST. Laurence Bennett
HUGO. Dante Ferretti
ANONYMOUS. Sebastian Krawinkel
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY. Maria Djurkovic
THE HELP. Mark Ricker
Ben Kingsley in a setting from “Hugo” production design by Dante Ferretti.
HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2. Stuart Craig
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. Rick Heinrichs
THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN (designer to be determined)
PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES. John Myhre
COWBOYS & ALIENS. Scott Chambliss
Gringott’s Wizardry Bank from Harry Potter – production designer Stuart Craig
THE DESCENDANTS. Jane Anne Stewart
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. Donald Graham Burt
DRIVE. Beth Mickle
EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE . K.K. Barrett
BRIDESMAIDS. Jefferson Sage
A setting from the visually arresting “Drive” production designer Beth Mickle.
In the television categories of interest are some of Babs faves getting a mention.
One Hour Single Camera Series.
BOARDWALK EMPIRE (Episode 21). Bill Groom
GAME OF THRONES (A Golden Crown). Gemma Jackson
AMERICAN HORROR STORY (Murder House). Mark Worthington
THE PLAYBOY CLUB (The Scarlett Bunny). Scott P. Murphy
PAN AM (Pilot). Bob Shaw
The kitchen from the horror house – “American Horror Story”.
Telemovie or Miniseries.
MILDRED PIERCE. Mark Friedberg
CINEMA VERITE. Patti Podesta
TOO BIG TO FAIL. Bob Shaw
THE HOUR. Eve Stewart
BLING RING. Robb Wilson King
Mildred Pierce “kitchen set” designer Mark Friedberg
A couple of favourites are in the mix – Dante Ferretti, Stuart Craig, Rick Heinrichs, Bob Shaw, Mark Friedberg. Very happy that Gemma Jackson has been noticed for “Game Of Thrones”, pleased also that “The Help” is on the list. Thrilled that “Drive” has been recognised. I haven’t seen all of the nominees but I will try and catch up before the announcement of the winners on Feb 4. It will be interesting to see how the Gloscars compare.
This years lifetime achievement award goes to Tony Walton responsible for many films amongst them “Murder On The Orient Express”, “The Wiz”, “The Boyfriend”, “Prince Of The City”. He was once married to Julie Andrews. Also to be honoured with a Cinematic Imagery Award are the team behind the Harry Potter franchise including Stuart Craig (Production Designer), Neil Lamont (Art Director) and Stephenie McMillan (Set Decorator).