A bruising trio of films — “The Revenant,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Martian” — won feature-film honors at the 20th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards, which were presented on Sunday night in Beverly Hills.
Jack Fisk won for “The Revenant” in the period film category, Colin Gibson won for “Mad Max” in fantasy film and Arthur Max won for “The Martian” in contemporary film.
The results steered clear of the lavishly decorated finery that often wins art-direction awards, with “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Great Gatsty” and “Hugo” being among the recent ADG winners. Instead, this year’s lineup leaned to designers who created the wild spaces in which action and adventure took place on screen.
In the 19-year history of the Art Directors Guild Awards, one of the winners has gone on to receive the Oscar for art direction or production design 12 times, including seven times in the last 10 years. The Oscar winner invariably comes from the ADG’s fantasy or period category, most often the latter.
All three ADG winners are Oscar nominees for production design this year, as are “Bridge of Spies” and “The Danish Girl.”
The ADG’s television awards went to “Game of Thrones,” “House of Cards,” “The Muppets,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “American Horror Story: Hotel” and “Key & Peele.” Last year’s Academy Awards won the prize for an awards show or special event.
David O. Russell received the Cinematic Imagery Award, while ADG Lifetime Achievement Awards went to production designer Patrizia von Brandenstein, matte artist Harrison Ellenshaw, set designer William J. Newmon, II and scenic artist Bill Anderson.
Carmen Dillon, Patricia Norris, Dorothea Holt Redmond and Diane Wager were inducted into the ADG Hall of Fame.
The show also took a moment to toast its longtime publicist, Murray Weissman, who died in December.
Production Designer: Jack Fisk
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
Production Designer: Colin Gibson
Production Designer: Arthur Max
ONE-HOUR PERIOD OR FANTASY SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
“Game of Thrones”: “High Sparrow,” “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” “Hardhome”
Production Designer: Deborah Riley
ONE-HOUR CONTEMPORARY SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
“House of Cards”: “Chapter 29,” “Chapter 36”
Production Designer: Steve Arnold
TELEVISION MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
“American Horror Story: Hotel”: “Checking In”
Production Designer: Mark Worthington
HALF HOUR SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
“The Muppets”: “The Ex-Factor,” “Pig’s in a Blanket”
Production Designer: DENISE PIZZINI
“The Big Bang Theory”: “The Skywalker Incursion,” “The Mystery Date Observation,” “The Platonic Permutation”
Production Designer: John Shaffner
AWARDS OR EVENT SPECIAL
“The Oscars: 2015”
Production Designer: Derek McLane
VARIETY, REALITY OR COMPETITION SERIES
“Key & Peele”: “Ya’ll Ready For This?” “The End”
Production Designer: Gary Kordan
SHORT FORMAT: WEB SERIES, MUSIC VIDEO OR COMMERCIAL
Apple Music: “The History of Sound”
Production Designer: Jess Gonchor