Art Directors Guild Likes the Look of ‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘Into the Woods’

About 80 percent of Oscar design nominees are first honored by the ADG

Last Updated: January 5, 2015 @ 8:29 AM

The lavish, ornate designs of “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” the druggy 70s’ SoCal beach-city look of “Inherent Vice” and the fairy-tale landscape of “Into the Woods” are among the work nominated by the members of the Art Directors Guild for the ADG’s 19th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards.

In nominations announced on Monday, the ADG singled out 15 feature films and a number of television programs for its awards, which will be handed out on Jan. 31 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Because the ADG separates its feature-film nominations into separate categories for period films, fantasy films and contemporary films, its picks cover a broad range of work and in most cases include most if not all of the likely Oscar nominees in the Best Production Design (formerly Best Art Direction) category.

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Nominees in the ADG’s period film category, from which Academy voters tend to make most of their selections, are “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Inherent Vice,” “The Imitation Game,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Unbroken.”

In the fantasy category, ADG voters singled out “Into the Woods,” “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Interstellar.”

The contemporary category included “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Foxcatcher,” “Gone Girl” and “Nightcrawler.”

Missing from the list are a few presumed Oscar contenders, including “Mr. Turner,” “Maleficent,” “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” and “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”

Since 2011, no film has received an Oscar nomination for art direction without first landing an ADG nom. Over the last decade, about 80 percent of the Oscar design nominees have first been recognized by the guild.

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In most cases, that guild recognition has come in the period-film category, from which almost two-thirds of the Oscar nominees have come. Another third has come from the fantasy category, with only a single Oscar nominee coming from the contemporary category.

Television nominees included “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men,” “The Knick,” “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Sherlock” and “Fargo.”

The guild previously announced that honorary awards will go to production designer Jim Bissell, illustrator Camille Abbott, set designer John P. Bruce and scenic artist Will Ferrell. Director Christopher Nolan will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award.

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The nominations:

Period Film

INHERENT VICE
Production Designer: DAVID CRANK
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
Production Designer: ADAM STOCKHAUSEN
THE IMITATION GAME
Production Designer: MARIA DJURKOVIC
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
Production Designer: JOHN PAUL KELLY
UNBROKEN
Production Designer: JON HUTMAN

Fantasy Film

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
Production Designer: PETER WENHAM
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Production Designer: JAMES CHINLUND
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Production Designer: CHARLES WOOD
INTERSTELLAR
Production Designer: NATHAN CROWLEY
INTO THE WOODS
Production Designer: DENNIS GASSNER

Contemporary Film

AMERICAN SNIPER
Production Designers: JAMES J. MURAKAMI, CHARISSE CARDENAS
BIRDMAN
Production Designer: KEVIN THOMPSON
FOXCATCHER
Production Designer: JESS GONCHOR
GONE GIRL
Production Designer: DONALD GRAHAM BURT
NIGHTCRAWLER
Production Designer: KEVIN KAVANAUGH

One-Hour Period or Fantasy Single-Camera Television Series

GAME OF THRONES: “The Laws of Gods and Men,” “The Mountain and the Viper”
Production Designer: DEBORAH RILEY
MAD MEN: “Time Zones”
Production Designer: DAN BISHOP
GOTHAM: “Pilot,” “Selina Kyle,” “Arkham”
Production Designer: DOUG KRANER
THE KNICK: “Method and Madness,” “Working Late a Lot”
Production Designer: HOWARD CUMMINGS
BOARDWALK EMPIRE: “Golden Days for Boys and Girls”
Production Designer: BILL GROOM

One-Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Television Series

HOMELAND: “The Drone Queen”
Production Designer: JOHN D. KRETSCHMER
HOUSE OF CARDS: “Chapter 18”
Production Designer: STEVE ARNOLD
JUSTIFIED: “Murder Of Crowes,” “Wrong Roads,” “The Toll”
Production Designer: DAVE BLASS
THE NEWSROOM: “Boston,” “Main Justice,” “Contempt”
Production Designer: KAREN STEWARD
TRUE DETECTIVE: “The Locked Room,” “Form and Void”
Production Designer: ALEX DiGERLANDO

Television Movie or Mini-Series

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW: “Massacres and Matinees”
Production Designer: MARK WORTHINGTON
COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY: “Unafraid of the Dark”
Production Designer: SETH REED
FARGO: “The Crocodiles Dilemma”
Production Designer: JOHN BLACKIE
HOUDINI: “Part I,” “Part II”
Production Designer: PATRIZIA VON BRANDENSTEIN
SHERLOCK: “His Last Vow”
Production Designer: ARWEL W. JONES

Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series

CALIFORNICATION: “Faith, Hope, Love,” “Like Father Like Son,” “Kickoff”
Production Designer: RAY YAMAGATA
HOUSE OF LIES: “Wreckage,” “Middlegame,” “Zha- Moreng”
Production Designer: RAY YAMAGATA
MODERN FAMILY: “Halloween 3: Awesomeland,” “Marco Polo,” “Won’t You Be Our Neighbor”
Production Designer: CLAIRE BENNETT
SILICON VALLEY: “Articles of Incorporation,” “Signaling Risk,” “Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency”
Production Designer: RICHARD TOYON
VEEP: “Clovis,” “Special Relationship,” “Debate”
Production Designer: JAMES GLOSTER

Multi-Camera Television Series

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: “How Your Mother Met Me”
Production Designer: STEPHAN OLSON
MIKE & MOLLY: “Mike & Molly’s Excellent Adventure,” “The Dice Lady Cometh”
Production Designer: JOHN SHAFFNER
THE BIG BANG THEORY: “The Locomotive Manipulation,” “The Convention Conundrum,” “The Status Quo Combustion”
Production Designer: JOHN SHAFFNER:
THE MILLERS: “You Are the Wind Beneath My Wings, Man,” “Con-Troversy,” “Papa Was a Rolling Bone”
Production Designer: GLENDA ROVELLO
UNDATABLE: “Pilot”
Production Designer: CABOT McMULLEN

Awards or Event Special

86 th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS
Production Designer: DEREK McLANE
PETER PAN LIVE!
Production Designer: DEREK McLANE
SUPER BOWL XLVIII HALFTIME SHOW: STARRING BRUNO MARS
Production Designer: BRUCE RODGERS
THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS 2014
Production Designer: JOE STEWART
THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA: A GRAMMY SALUTE TO THE BEATLES
Production Designer: MATTHEW RUSSELL
THE 66 th PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS
Production Designer: KEITH IAN RAYWOOD

Short Format: WebSeries, Music Video or Commercial

APPLE: “Perspective”
Production Designer: SEAN HARGREAVES
COLDPLAY: “Magic”
Production Designer: EMMA FAIRLEY
IKEA: “Carousel”
Production Designer: RICHARD LASSALLE
KATY PERRY: “Dark Horse”
Production Designer: JEREMY REED
SIMPSON’S MARATHON
Production Designer: ZACH MATHEWS

Variety, Competition, Reality, or Game Show Series

KEY & PEELE: “Halloween Episode,” “Alien Imposters”
Production Designer: GARY KORDAN
PORTLANDIA: “Celery”
Production Designer: TYLER B. ROBINSON
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: “Louis C. K. with Sam Smith,” “Anna Kendrick with Pharrell Williams,” “Chris Rock with Prince”
Production Designers: KEITH IAN RAYWOOD, EUGENE LEE, AKIRA YOSHIMURA, N. JOSEPH DeTULLIO
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON: “1,” “45,” “56”
Production Designers: EUGENE LEE, PETER BARAN
THE VOICE: “Blind Auditions Premiere”
Production Designers: JAMES PEARSE CONNELLY, ANTON GOSS