Art Directors Guild Nominates ‘Joker,’ ‘Avengers,’ ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’

The ADG Awards nominate 17 feature films and 30 television programs for its top awards for production design

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“The Irishman,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “1917” and “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” on Monday all nabbed nominations for the Art Directors Guild Awards’ period-film category, the ADG category that most closely corresponds to the Academy Award for Best Production Design.

In the ADG fantasy-film category, which typically supplies one or two Oscar nominees, the guild singled out “Ad Astra,” “Aladdin,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Dumbo,” “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

Both of those categories were expanded from five to six nominees because of ties.

Nominees in the contemporary-film category are “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” “Knives Out,” “Parasite” and “Us.”

Animated-film nominees are “Abominable,” “Frozen II,” “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” “The Lion King” and “Toy Story 4.”

Nominees in the television categories include “The Crown,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Big Little Lies,” “Chernobyl,” “Fosse/Verdon,” “Barry,” “Fleabag” and “The Big Bang Theory.”

Over the last decade, more than 80% of the Oscar nominees for production design, including all the winners, have first been nominated by the Art Directors Guild. Last year was typical: Three of the Oscar nominees came from the ADG’s period category and two from the fantasy category.

Winners will be announced at the 24th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards on Saturday, Feb. 1. Also at that show, Syd Mead will receive the ADG’s William Cameron Menzies Award, ADG Lifetime Achievement Awards will also go to Joe Alves, Denis Olsen, Stephen Myles Berger and Jack Johnson.

The ADG Awards nominees:

FEATURE FILM CATEGORIES

PERIOD FILM
“Ford v Ferrari”
Production Designer: François Audouy
“The Irishman”
Production Designer: Bob Shaw
“Jojo Rabbit”
Production Designer: Ra Vincent
“Joker”
Production Designer: Mark Friedberg
“1917”
Production Designer: Dennis Gassner
“Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood”
Production Designer: Barbara Ling

FANTASY FILM
“Ad Astra”
Production Designer: Kevin Thompson
“Aladdin”
Production Designer: Gemma Jackson
“Avengers: Endgame”
Production Designer: Charles Wood
“Dumbo”
Production Designer: Rick Heinrichs
“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”
Production Designer: Patrick Tatopoulos
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
Production Designers: Rick Carter, Kevin Jenkins

CONTEMPORARY FILM
“A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood”
Production Designer: Jade Healy
“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”
Production Designer: Kevin Kavanaugh
“Knives Out”
Production Designer: David Crank
“Parasite”
Production Designer: Lee Ha-Jun
“Us”
Production Designer: Ruth De Jong

ANIMATED FILM
“Abominable”
Production Designer: Max Boas
“Frozen II”
Production Designer: Michael Giaimo
“How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
Production Designer: Pierre-Olivier Vincent
“The Lion King”
Production Designer: James Chinlund
“Toy Story 4”
Production Designer: Bob Pauley

TELEVISION CATEGORIES

ONE-HOUR PERIOD OR FANTASY SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
“A Series of Unfortunate Events”: “Penultimate Peril: Part 1”
Production Designer: Bo Welch
“The Crown”: “Aberfan”
Production Designer: Martin Childs
“Game of Thrones”: “The Bells”
Production Designer: Deborah Riley
“The Mandalorian”: “Chapter One”
Production Designer: Andrew L. Jones
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”: “Ep. 305, Ep. 308”
Production Designer: Bill Groom

ONE-HOUR CONTEMPORARY SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
“Big Little Lies”: “What Have They Done?” “The Bad Mother,” “I Want to Know”
Production Designer: John Paino
“The Boys”: “The Female of the Species”
Production Designer: Dave Blass
“Euphoria”: “The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed,” “And Salt the Earth Behind You”
Production Designer: Kay Lee
“The Handmaid’s Tale”: “Mayday”
Production Designer: Elizabeth Williams
“The Umbrella Academy”: “We Only See Each Other at Weddings and Funerals”
Production Designer: Mark Worthington

TELEVISION MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
“Black Mirror”: “Striking Vipers”
Production Designer: Anne Beauchamp
“Catch-22”
Production Designer: David Gropman
“Chernobyl”
Production Designer: Luke Hull
“Deadwood”
Production Designer: Maria Caso
“Fosse/Verdon”
Production Designer: Alex DiGerlando

HALF HOUR SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
“Barry”: “ronny/lily”
Production Designer: Tyler B. Robinson
“Fleabag”: “Ep. 5”
Production Designer: Jonathan Paul Green
“GLOW”: “Up, Up, Up”
Production Designer: Todd Fjelsted
“The Good Place”: “Employee of the Bearimy,” “Help Is Other People”
Production Designer: Ian Phillips
“Russian Doll”: “Nothing in This World is Easy”
Production Designer: Michael Bricker

MULTI-CAMERA SERIES
“The Big Bang Theory”: “The Stockholm Syndrome,” “The Conference Valuation,” “The Propagation Proposition”
Production Designer: John Shaffner
“The Cool Kids”: “Vegas, Baby!”
Production Designer: Stephan Olson
“Family Reunion”: “Remember Black Elvis?”
Production Designer: Aiyanna Trotter
“No Good Nick”: “The Italian Job”
Production Designer: Kristan Andrews
“Will & Grace”: “Family, Trip,” “The Things We Do for Love,” “Conscious Coupling”
Production Designer: Glenda Rovello

SHORT FORMAT: WEB SERIES, MUSIC VIDEO OR COMMERCIAL
Apple: “It’s Tough Out There”
Production Designer: Quito Cooksey
Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey: “Don’t Call Me Angel”
Production Designer: Emma Fairley
MedMen: “The New Normal”
Production Designer: James Chinlund
Portal for Facebook: A Very Muppet Portal Launch
Production Designer: Alex DiGerlando
Taylor Swift: “Lover”
Production Designer: Kurt Gefke

VARIETY, REALITY OR EVENT SPECIAL
“Drunk History”: “Are You Afraid of the Drunk?”
Production Designer: Monica Sotto
“91st Oscars”
Production Designer: David Korins
“Rent: Live”
Production Designer: Jason Sherwood
“Saturday Night Live”: “1764 Emma Stone,” “1762 Sandra Oh,” “1760 John Mulaney”
Production Designers: Keith Raywood, Akira Yoshimura, Joe DeTullio, Eugene Lee
“Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour”
Production Designers: Tamlyn Wright, Baz Halpin