Art Directors Nominate ‘Karenina,’ ‘Lincoln,’ Ignore ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

"The Master" also passed over; "Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Django Unchained" and "Les Miserables" are among other films tapped 

"Anna Karenina," "Lincoln," "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained" are among the films nominated for the top honors in the Art Directors Guild's 2012 Excellence in Production Design Awards, the ADG announced on Wednesday night.

Other nominees include "Argo" in the Period Film category, "Cloud Atlas," "Life of Pi," "The Hobbit," "Prometheus" and "The Dark Knight Rises" in the Fantasy Film category, and "Flight," "Skyfall," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "The Impossible" and "Zero Dark Thirty" in the Contemporary Film category.

'Anna Karenina' design (Focus Features)Significant omissions include the meticulously designed "Moonrise Kingdom," the detailed period recreations of "The Master" and the purposefully chaotic junkiness of "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

One notable nomination went to "Django Unchained" production designer J. Michael Riva, who was in New Orleans working on the Quentin Tarantino film at the time of his death in June.

The ADG separates its movie awards into Period Film, Fantasy Film and Contemporary Film categories. The division allows it to salute a broad range of films, from likely Oscar nominees to real longshots.

Typically, Oscar voters make most of their picks from the ADG's period category – although last year, even with 15 ADG nominees to choose from, two of the Academy's five nominees hadn't been recognized by the guild.

In the television categories, the ADG recognized awards regulars "Modern Family," "Homeland," "Mad Men" and "Game Change," as well as newer shows like "Girls," "Newsroom" and "The New Normal."

The Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety or Unscripted Series category produced the strangest bedfellows of all, with episodes of the series "2 Broke Girls" and "How I Met Your Mother" going up against the Mick Jagger episode of "Saturday Night Live," "The Voice" and the Democratic National Convention.

The Art Directors Guild Awards will take place on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. At that ceremony, veteran production designer Herman Zimmerman will receive the ADG’s Lifetime Achievement Award, while Preston Ames, Richard MacDonald and Edward S. Stephenson will be inducted into the guild's hall of fame. The production designers behind the James Bond franchise, Sir Ken Adam, Allan Cameron, Dennis Gassner and Peter Lamont, will receive an award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery.

The nominees:

NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2012:

Period Film
ANNA KARENINA                       
                                   
Production Designer:  Sarah Greenwood
ARGO                                                                                   
Production Designer:  Sharon Seymour
DJANGO UNCHAINED                                                 
Production Designer:  J. Michael Riva
LES MISERABLES                                                           
Production Designer:  Eve Stewart
LINCOLN                                                                       
Production Designer:  Rick Carter

Fantasy Film
CLOUD ATLAS                                                          
Production Designers:  Uli Hanisch, Hugh Bateup
LIFE OF PI                                                                       
Production Designer:  David Gropman
PROMETHEUS                                                           
Production Designer:  Arthur Max
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES                                               
Production Designers:  Nathan Crowley, Kevin Kavanaugh
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY           
Production Designer:  Dan Hannah

Contemporary Film
FLIGHT                                                                       
Production Designer:  Nelson Coates
SKYFALL                                                                      
Production Designer:  Dennis Gassner
THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL           
Production Designer:  Alan MacDonald
THE IMPOSSIBLE                                                          
Production Designer:  Eugenio Caballero
ZERO DARK THIRTY                                               
Production Designer:  Jeremy Hindle

NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN IN TELEVISION FOR 2012:

One-Hour Single Camera Television Series
BOARDWALK EMPIRE
Episode:  Resolution                                   
Production Designer: Bill Groom
DOWNTON ABBEY
Episode:  Christmas Special                       
Production Designer: Donal Woods
GAME OF THRONES
Episode:  The Ghost of Harrenhal                       
Production Designer: Gemma Jackson          
HOMELAND
Episode:  The Choice                                   
Production Designer: John D. Kretschmer
NEWSROOM
Episode:  We Just Decided To                       
Production Designer: Richard Hoover

Television Movie or Mini-Series
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM          
Episode: I Am Anne Frank, Part 2                       
Production Designer:  Mark Worthington
GAME CHANGE                                                          
Production Designer:  Michael Corenblith 
HATFIELDS and MCCOYS                                                                                      
Production Designer:  Derek R. Hill                     
HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN                                   
Production Designer:  Geoffrey Kirkland
MOCKINGBIRD LANE                                               
Production Designer:  Michael Wylie

Episode of a Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series
COMMUNITY
Episode:  Pillows and Blankets                      
Production Designer:  Denise Pizzini          
GIRLS
Episode:  Pilot                                               
Production Designer:  Judy Becker
MODERN FAMILY
Episode:  Mistery Date                                  
Production Designer:  Richard Berg
PARKS & RECREATION
Episode:  Soda Tax                                               
Production Designer:  Ian Phillips
THE NEW NORMAL
Episode:  Sofa’s Choice                                   
Production Designer:  Tony Fanning

Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety, or Unscripted Series
2 BROKE GIRLS
Episode:  And The Silent Partner                       
Production Designer:  Glenda Rovello
DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION          
Production Designer:  Bruce Rodgers
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
Episode:  The Magicians Code Part 1           
Production Designer:  Stephan Olson
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Episode:  Mick Jagger Host                       
Production Designer:  Keith Raywood
THE VOICE                                                                       
Production Designer:  Anton Goss, James Pearse Connelly           

Awards, Music, or Game Shows
84th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS                       
Production Designer:  John Myhre
GRAMMY NOMINATION CONCERT LIVE
           
Episode: Countdown                                   
Production Designer:  Matthew Russell  
SUPER BOWL XLVI                                              
Episode: Halftime Show Starring  Madonna                   
Production Designer:  Bruce Rodgers
THE 64th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY  AWARDS                     
Production Designer:  Steve Bass                    
THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS                        
Production Designer:  Joe Stewart

Commercials and Music Videos
BUDWEISER
Episode: The Return of the King                       
Production Designer:  Jason Hamilton
MACY’S

Episode:  Dream                                               
Production Designer:  Carlos A. Menendez
NIKE

Episode:  Fast is Faster                                   
Production Designer:  Tino Schaedler
NIKE+
Episode:  Game On World                                   
Production Designer:  James Chinlund
X-BOX
Episode:  Halo 4 Commissioning                       
Production Designer:  Christopher Glass