Coco, Logan & Star Wars Battlefront 2 Win at the 22nd Annual Art Directors Guild ‘Excellence in Production Design’ Awards
The Art Directors Guild have announced winners of its 22nd Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in 11 categories of film, television, commercials, music videos and, for the first time, animation features, during a black-tie ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.
Disney picked up a number of awards including Best Animated movie for “Coco“, with Marvel’s “Logan” also picking up an award for best Contemporary movie. With “Star Wars Battlefront II: Rivalry/PS4” picking up an award for best commercial. Fox also picked up an award for “Shape Of Water” in the Period category.
The awards took place before an audience of more than 1,000, including guild members, industry executives and press. ADG President NELSON COATES and Art Directors Council Chair MARK WORTHINGTON presided over the awards ceremony with comedian JOHNATHAN FERNANDEZ serving as host. Returning again as producers of this year’s ADG Awards (#ADGawards) were Production Designers THOMAS A. WALSH, ADG, and THOMAS WILKINS, ADG. The guild debuted its new award category Excellence in Production Design for an Animated Film and Pixar’s “Coco” was the first recipient of this award.
Oscar-winning Production Designer RICK CARTER (Avatar, StarWars: The Force Awakens) presented KATHLEEN KENNEDY (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jurassic Park, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial) with the prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award following a filmed salute to the eight-time Academy Award®-Nominee and President of Lucasfilm. The William Cameron Menzies Award honored Disney’s Oscar®-nominated animation filmmakers RON CLEMENTS and JOHN MUSKER (Moana, Hercules, Aladdin) and was presented by ANIKA NONI ROSE (Dreamgirls, The Princess and The Frog), who thrilled the audience with her vocal performance of The Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World.” A special Leadership Award was bestowed upon International IATSE President MATTHEW D. LOEB by ADG Executive Director CHUCK PARKER.
The Outstanding Creative Achievement Award went to Production Designer MICHAEL BAUGH by ADG President NELSON COATES and Art Directors Council Chair MARK WORTHINGTON. Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Production Designer NORM NEWBERRY by Production Designer RICK CARTER; Emmy®-winning and Oscar®-nominated Production Designer/Set Designer JAMES MURAKAMI by four time Oscar®-nominee GARY FETTIS; Scenic Artist JOHN MOFFITT by ED STRANG, and Senior Illustrator/Art Director MARTIN KLINE by CASEY BERNAY. The late Oscar-winning Production Designer SIR KEN ADAM (Dr. Strangelove, James Bond) Senior Illustrator and Bambi’s Concept Designer TYRUS WONG were inducted into the ADG Hall of Fame.
Additional presenters for this year’s awards included GARY OLDMAN (Darkest Hour), WILL ARNETT (Arrested Development), LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS (Longmire), KATE BURTON (Scandal) and KATEE SACKHOFF (Battlestar Gallactica), NANCY CARTWRIGHT (The Simpsons); CATHERINE O’HARA (Home Alone), and RIAN JOHNSON (Director, Star Wars: The Last Jedi).
WINNERS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM
1. PERIOD FILM
THE SHAPE OF WATER
Production Designer: PAUL DENHAM AUSTERBERRY
2. FANTASY FILM
BLADE RUNNER 2049
Production Designer: DENNIS GASSNER
3. CONTEMPORARY FILM
Production Designer: FRANÇOIS AUDOUY
4. ANIMATED FILM
Production Designer: HARLEY JESSUP
WINNERS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR TELEVISION ARE:
5. One-Hour Period or Fantasy Single-Camera Series
GAME OF THRONES: “Dragonstone,” “The Queen`s Justice,” “Eastwatch”
Production Designer: DEBORAH RILEY
6. One-Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Series
THE HANDMAID’S TALE: “Pilot, Offred,” “Birth Day,” “Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum”
Production Designer: JULIE BERGHOFF
7. Television Movie or LIMITED Series
BLACK MIRROR: “USS Callister”
Production Designers: JOEL COLLINS, PHIL SIMS
8. Half Hour Single-Camera Series
GLOW: “Pilot,” “The Wrath of Kuntar,” “The Dusty Spur”
Production Designer: TODD FJELSTED
9. MULTI-CAMERA Series
WILL & GRACE: “Eleven Years Later,” “A Gay Olde Christmas”
Production Designer: GLENDA ROVELLO
10. Short Format: Web Series, Music Video or Commercial
STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II: “Rivalry / PS4”
Production Designer: JASON EDMONDS
11. Variety or Competition Series/AWARDS OR EVENT SPECIAL
PORTLANDIA: “Portland Secedes,” “Ants,” “Fred`s Cell Phone Company”
Production Designer: SCHUYLER TELLEEN