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Oscars 2019: ADG Awards

The ADG Awards were handed out last night.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won for Period, basically solidifying that as the odds-on favorite to win next weekend. Parasite won for Contemporary, marking that as the biggest competition. Avengers: Endgame won for Fantasy, but that wasn’t nominated, so all that happens there is a short golf clap and then we move on. Oh, and Toy Story 4 won for Animated, pretty much reconfirming what we all figured there, as if we needed it.

BAFTA awards in a few hours, so that’ll be helpful, but it’s sure looking like the city of Los Angeles is about to win its second Production Design Oscar in four years.

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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…)

Oscars 2015: ADG Awards

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).

Oscars 2015: Art Directors Guild Nominations

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…)

Oscars 2014: ADG Awards

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.

Oscars 2014: ADG Nominations

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…)

Oscars 2013 Update: ADG Awards

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.

Oscars 2013 Update: ADG Nominations

And, on top of all that, the Art Directors Guild announced nominations as well.

What a way to guild the lily, right? Right?

I’m funny and I don’t care what you say.

Here they are:

Production Design in a Period Film

American Hustle

The Great Gatsby

Inside Llewyn Davis

Saving Mr. Banks

12 Years a Slave (more…)

Oscars 2012 Update: Art Directors Guild Awards & Annie Awards

Two guilds announced their awards last night. I was too drunk busy to write them up.

The first was the Annie Awards, which are pretty meaningless, but whatever. Wreck-It Ralph won five of them, so that’s still your favorite to take Best Animated Feature. Of course nobody is surprised if Brave wins, but I feel like Wreck-It Ralph has a lot of support.

The other was the Art Directors Guild Awards. Those I’ll remind you of, since the Best Production Design Oscar (remember, it’s not Best Art Direction anymore) is still up for grabs.

For starters — the Best Production Design nominees are:

Anna Karenina

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Les Misérables

Life of Pi


And now for the Art Directors Guild nominees: (more…)

2012 Oscars Update: Art Directors Guild Nominations

The Art Directors Guild Nominations were announced today.

They’ll be helpful in guessing what gets nominated for BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN (remember, it’s no longer Best Art Direction):

Excellence in Production Design for a Feature Film

Anna Karenina


Django Unchained

Les Misérables


More categories and my thoughts after the jump: (more…)

Oscars 2011 Update: Art Directors Guild Nominations

This really doesn’t have anything to do with major Oscars — but for those of you interested (this is one of the awards I do like paying attention to, since — it’s just sets and props and stuff. Everyone can notice and have preferences), here are the nominations for the Art Directors Guild awards:

Period Film:

  • Anonymous
  • The Artist
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Love the Tinker Tailor love. The other four mostly make sense. Anonymous makes sense because of what it is. Still, it’s weird to see it come out of nowhere. Don’t be shocked if it’s magically nominated, since the Art Directors are the ones who vote for Oscar nominations, but I see enough strength elsewhere to think it’s a longshot at best. Still, you’re looking at a two horse race here (with a solid entry having no shot, and a mainstream dark horse being a spoiler). Personally, I say they lean toward Hugo. How could they not, right? (more…)