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Oscars 2019: ADG Nominations

The Art Directors Guild announced their nominees today. So we’re gonna be most of the way there on Production Design. This is early. We’re still gonna wait for BAFTA, but hey, we’ve at least got this for now.

They’re gonna give us three categories: Period, Fantasy and Contemporary. Contemporary never gets nominated, unless there’s a crossover with fantasy (like a space movie or something) or it’s La La Land. Typically you’re looking at Period and Fantasy, and you have a pretty good idea of what they’ll go for in the end. BAFTA will help tell the tale (which means I’m already expecting Downton to make it on), but generally between this and BFCA, you have a pretty good idea.

Yesterday, BFCA nominated 1917, Downton Abbey, Irishman, Joker, Little Women, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Parasite. That’s six period (though they could swap Joker onto Fantasy if they really wanted to) and one contemporary. I’m real curious to see if Parasite can buck history and make it on as a Contemporary nominee, since that movie is all about production design. But I guess we’ll see.

Here are your ADG nominees: (more…)


Oscars 2018: ADG Awards

The ADG Awards were also tonight (we’re pretty much going in order of increasing importance of these guilds). I’ve yet to post my write-up of the category because I was waiting to see what the guild was gonna do and what BAFTA does, just since this year feels pretty open for Production Design.

As a refresher, your Oscar category is: Black Panther, The Favourite, First Man, Mary Poppins Returns and Roma. At ADG, The Favourite, First Man and Roma were all going up against one another in the Period category, while Black Panther and Mary Poppins were going up against each other in Fantasy. And then there was also a Contemporary category that no one much cares about.

Black Panther won ADG’s Fantasy category and The Favourite won for Period. Oh, and Crazy Rich Asians won Contemporary, in case you were remotely surprised by that outcome. Isle of Dogs won Animated as well, for those who care. (more…)


Oscars 2018: ADG Nominations

Well I guess Production Design is next.

The Art Directors Guild breaks their nominees down into three categories: Period, Fantasy, Contemporary. Contemporary practically never gets nominated at the Oscars, unless it’s something that crosses over into Fantasy (a la Her or The Martian, which I think both ended up there. There are definitely two in recent years that blur the line). Anyway, this should give us a smattering of where things are looking for Production Design.

Here are your 2018 ADG nominees: (more…)


Oscars 2017: ADG Awards

They announced the Art Directors Guild awards last night. So we’ll have a little bit of insight into Best Production Design.

As a reminder, the BFCA Award went to The Shape of Water. The Oscar category is Beauty and the Beast, Blade Runner 2049, Darkest Hour Dunkirk and The Shape of Water and BAFTA has the same exact category So this should really be enlightening for how Production Design is likely to go. All of them were nominated at ADG.

The Period winner was The Shape of Water.

The Fantasy winner was Blade Runner 2049.

The Contemporary winner was Logan.

They also included an Animated category, which Coco of course won.

With two wins already and a likely BAFTA win coming, this seems to be The Shape of Water’s category to lose. War movies never get nominated at the Oscars, let alone win, so I doubt Dunkirk can jump up and win. Darkest Hour needs a BAFTA win to feel like its got any chance. Beauty and the Beast, I guess, could possibly win, but that feels like a longshot without any sort of real support. Blade Runner could win the BAFTA and also make a play for it, but with 13 nominations, Shape of Water certainly seems like a favorite. So we’ll see if anything changes between now and BAFTA.

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Oscars 2017: ADG Nominations

Our third guild of the day, the Art Directors Guild. This one is more interesting to me than the other two, since this one is more closely tied to what will be nominated. Chances are, at least 80% of your Oscar category will come from these lists.

They separate their nominees into three categories: Period, Fantasy and Contemporary. Typically the former two are where the nominees come from, since the Oscars favor those two over modern day stuff. And usually you can jus kind of tell by looking at stuff what will or won’t make it on.

Here are your ADG nominees for 2017: (more…)


Oscars 2016: ADG Awards

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…)


Oscars 2016: ADG Nominations

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…)