Posts tagged “Best Art Direction

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 Breakdown: Best Costume Design, Best Makeup & Best Art Direction

Today, we look at Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Art Direction. Three categories most people couldn’t care less about.

I’ll agree with you on Makeup. It’s an essential piece of moviemaking, but it’s also not a particularly exciting Oscar category. Typically the category is boring, or you know who’s going to win as soon as it’s announced. Or both. You’ll see when you look at which films won the category — it’s obvious.

Best Costume Design is a category I do like. In theory. In practice — it’s too much of the “Best Period Piece” award. They always give it to whatever Victorian-era costumes are nominated. Which doesn’t lead to particularly interesting categories.

Best Art Direction, on the other hand, now there’s a category I like. Because Art Direction (in layman’s terms: sets. Every set, every prop, everything you see in a scene that’s not the actors or their clothes — that’s art direction. Hogwarts? Art Direction. The wands? Art Direction) is something that can be really interesting. Look at some of the nominees over the years and you’ll go, “Oooh…yeah.” I really gained respect for this category in 2002, when they showed sketches of all the sets of the nominees, from concept to execution, and they showed Dante Ferretti’s brilliant designs for Gangs of New York (which really should have won that year). Since then, I’ve paid much more attention to the art direction of a film, and now view this category as one of the top awards.

So that’s what we’re doing today. We’ll start with Costume Design and end on Art Direction. (more…)