Art Directors Guild Likes the Look of ‘The Artist,’ ‘Hugo’ and ‘Harry Potter’

Guild nominates broad range of films in period, fantasy and contemporary categories

"The Artist," "Hugo" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" are among the movies in the running for the top prizes from the Art Directors Guild, which announced its nominations on Tuesday night.

But those film are only a few from a plethora of nominees. The ADG separates its movie awards into three different categories — Period Film, Fantasy Film and Contemporary Film — which allows it to salute a broad range of films, from likely Oscar nominees to real longshots.

The ArtistTypically, Oscar voters make most of their picks from the ADG's period category.

In that category, the ADG contenders are "The Artist," "Hugo," "The Help," "Anonymous" and "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."

One surprising omission from the category: Steven Spielberg's "War Horse," which seemed a likelier choice than "Anonymous" or "The Help."

In the Fantasy Film category, "Harry Potter" is going up against "Captain America: The First Avenger," "The Adventures of Tintin," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "Cowboys & Aliens."

The unexpected guild and critics favorite "Bridesmaids" will compete in the Contemporary Film category against "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," "The Descendants," "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" and "Drive."

Television nominations went to many of the usual suspects ("Boardwalk Empire," "Game of Thrones," "Mildred Pierce," "Cinema Verite," "Modern Family" and "30 Rock") as well as to "Pan Am," "The Playboy Club," "American Horror Story" and "Bling Ring."

The nominations:

NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2011:

Period Film

THE ARTIST
Production Designer:  Laurence Bennett          
HUGO
Production Designer:  Dante Ferretti
THE HELP
Production Designer:  Mark Ricker
ANONYMOUS
Production Designer:  Sebastian Krawinkel
TINKER TAYLOR SOLDIER SPY                       
Production Designer:  Maria Djurkovic

Fantasy Film     

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2                                                            Production Designer:  Stuart Craig
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER                                                           
Production Designer:  Rick Heinrichs
THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN: THE SECRET UNICORN
Production Designer:  Kim Sinclair
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES                                           
Production Designer:  John Myhre
COWBOYS & ALIENS
Production Designer:  Scott Chambliss

Contemporary Film

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO           
Production Designer:  Donald Graham Burt
THE DESCENDANTS                                               
Production Designer:  Jane Anne Stewart
EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE                                               
Production Designer:  K.K. Barrett
DRIVE                                                                       
Production Designer:  Beth Mickle
BRIDESMAIDS                                                           
Production Designer:  Jefferson Sage

NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN IN TELEVISION FOR 2011:

One-Hour Single Camera Television Series:

BOARDWALK EMPIRE
Episode: 21                                               
Production Designer:  Bill Groom

GAME OF THRONES
Episode:  A Golden Crown                                   
Production Designer:  Gemma Jackson

AMERICAN HORROR STORY
Episode:  Murder House                                   
Production Designer:  Mark Worthington           

THE PLAYBOY CLUB
Episode: The Scarlet Bunny                       
Production Designer:  Scott P. Murphy

PAN AM
Episode:  Pilot                                               
Production Designer:  Bob Shaw

Television Movie or Mini-Series:

MILDRED PIERCE                                                           
Production Designer:  Mark Friedberg
CINEMA VERITE                                                           
Production Designer:   Patti Podesta          
TOO BIG TO FAIL                                                           
Production Designer:  Bob Shaw
THE HOUR                                                                       
Production Designer:  Eve Stewart
BLING RING                                                                       
Production Designer:  Robb Wilson King

Episode of a Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series

MODERN FAMILY
Episode:  Express Christmas                       
Production Designer:  Richard Berg

30 ROCK
Episode:  Double-Edged Sword                       
Production Designer:  Keith Ian Raywood, Teresa Mastropierro           

WEEDS
Episode:  Game-Played                                   
Production Designer:  Joseph P. Lucky

CALIFORNICATION
Episode:  Monkey Business                       
Production Designer:  Michael Wylie

NEW GIRL
Episode:  Pilot                                               
Production Designer:  Jefferson D. Sage

Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety or Unscripted Series

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Episode: Host Justin Timberlake, Musical Guest Lady Gaga
Production Designer: Keith Ian Raywood, Eugene Lee, Leo Yoshimura, N. Joseph DeTullio

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
Episode:  Ducky Tie                                               
Production Designer:  Stephan Olson

2 BROKE GIRLS
Episode:  And The Rich Peoples Problems                       
Production Designer:  Glenda Rovello

AMERICAN IDOL
Episode:   Top 12 Boys Perform                       
Production Designer:   James Yarnell

DANCING WITH THE STARS
Episode:  Round One                                   
Production Designer:  James Yarnell

Awards, Music, or Game Shows

83rd ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS
Production Designer: Steve Bass

68th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBES                       
Production Designer:  Brian Stonestreet

2011 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS                       
Production Designer:  Florian Wieder

63rd ANNUAL EMMY AWARDS                                   
Production Designer:  Steve Bass

IT’S WORTH WHAT?
Production Designer:  John Ivo Gilles

NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR COMMERCIALS AND MUSIC VIDEOS FOR 2011:  

ACTIVISION: CALL OF DUTY
Episode: Modern Warfare 3                       
Production Designer:Neil Spisak

VICTORIA’S SECRET
Episode:  Red                                               
Production Designer:  Jeffrey Beecroft

AUDI A8
Episode:  The Art of Progress                       
Production Designer:  Marcos Lutyens

CHEVY VOLT
Episode:  Discovery                                               
Production Designer:  Jeremy Reed

JIM BEAM
Episode: Parallels                                   
Production Designer:  Christopher Glass