They announced the ADG Awards last night, which should give us a little insight into the Production Design Oscar. Which, to my recollection, is one of the more interesting potential outcomes for the entire ceremony. There’s not a whole lot that feels wide open at this point, but this is a category that could be open.
Your category is — Arrival, Fantastic Beasts, Hail Caesar, La La Land and Passengers. All five of them were nominated at the ADG Awards. Arrival, Fantastic Beasts and Passengers were in the Fantasy category, La La Land was in Contemporary and Hail Caesar was in Period. But they were all nominated.
The Contemporary winner was, of course, La La Land.
The Fantasy winner was Passengers. Not Arrival or Fantastic Beasts. Which is interesting.
The Period winner was Hidden Figures. Not even Hail Caesar, knowing it was nominated for the Oscar. (more…)
The Art Directors Guild announced their nominations. So now we have some clarity into that hotly contested Best Production Design category. I know I’ve got some money down in Vegas already.
By the way, have I mentioned how much I love the Best Production Design category? Because I feel like I don’t say that enough.
Anyway, here are the nominees: (more…)
The ADG Awards were announced last night.
This will be a quick one.
Winning in Period was The Revenant.
Winning in Fantasy was Mad Max: Fury Road.
Winning in Contemporary was The Martian.
Contemporary almost never wins at the Oscars. Plus the other two nominees that aren’t these three are Bridge of Spies and The Danish Girl. One doesn’t have a shot and the other is a scare factor owing to the fact that Lincoln won this category in 2012 when it seemed like a close call.
It’s looking like it’s a toss-up between Mad Max and The Revenant with Mad Max the probable frontrunner (owing to the former film taking place almost entirely outside).
ADG announced their nominations this morning. This would be for the corresponding category of Best Production Design, which I feel is a more encapsulating term than Art Direction, even though I grew up with this category being called Art Direction.
I also feel like I make this known every time this category comes up — I love it. I love Production Design, because it’s a very tactile category. I love thinking about all the thought that went into things that are on shelves, and the type of wallpaper they chose to make the set feel more real.
Anyway, here are your nominees for the ADG Awards: (more…)
The Art Directors Guild Awards were announced tonight.
Winning in Period was The Grand Budapest Hotel, to no one’s surprise.
Winning in Fantasy was Guardians of the Galaxy, beating Interstellar, which was nominated. So that’s a little bit of a surprise.
Winning in Contemporary was Birdman, also to no real surprise.
Grand Budapest is the only one nominated, so we can be pretty sure that will most likely be the favorite.
I’ll be putting out my commentary on the category in a few days, so I’ll save the analysis for that.
The Art Directors Guild announced their nominees today.
Production Design is one of my favorite categories at the Oscars. That and Cinematography are perhaps the two most unheralded categories at the Oscars. (I know, if we’re really getting technical, it’s costumes and makeup, but I’m talking next to the major categories.)
I also love that the guild straight up splits their nominees in three categories. They really get into their craft. They don’t care about making it more like what the Oscar category is going to be.
Anyway, here are the nominees for the 2014 ADG Awards: (more…)
The Art Directors Guild Awards were last night.
The Great Gatsby won for Period Film, cementing its status as the favorite to take home the Oscar. Gravity won for fantasy, in a pretty lopsided category, and Her won for Contemporary, which is not surprising, since a Contemporary nominee almost never makes the Oscar list, and this one did.
So, basically what we learned is that The Great Gatsby is still your favorite to win the Oscar, unless somehow Gravity sweeps, which seems unlikely, considering the category.