‘Avatar,’ ‘Hurt Locker,’ ‘Sherlock’ Tops with Art Directors

Guild gives honors to three films, plus TV shows “Mad Men” and “Weeds”

Last Updated: February 15, 2010 @ 5:50 PM

"Avatar," "The Hurt Locker" and "Sherlock Holmes" all won prizes at Saturday night’s Art Directors Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton.

The ADG separates its film prizes into three distinct genres.  "Avatar" was honored for excellence in production design in a fantasy film; "The Hurt Locker" in a contemporary film; and "Sherlock Holmes" in a period film.

"Avatar" and "Sherlock" are both nominated for the Academy Award for Art Direction, along with "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus," "Nine" and "The Young Victoria."

The awards were handed out at a three-hour ceremony in the hotel’s International Ballroom. In addition to the film awards, television awards were handed out to "Mad Men" (One-Hour Single Camera Television Series), "Weeds" (Half-Hour Single Camera Television Series), "Hell’s Kitchen" (Multi-Camera Television Series), the 51st Grammy Awards (Awards, Music or Game Show) and "Grey Gardens" (Television Movie or Miniseries).  

Warren BeattyAn Absolut Vodka commercial was honored with the award for Commercial or Music Video.

In addition to the competitive awards, Malcolm F. Brown, Bob Keene and Ferdinando Scarfiotti were posthumously inducted into the Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame.  Michael Baugh was given the Creative Leadership Award, while Terence Marsh received the Lifetime Achievement Award from actor Gene Wilder.

Warren Beatty was given the Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award. His rambling eight-minute acceptance speech — about the same length as the speech he gave when receiving an honorary Oscar in 2000, which was the longest Oscar speech in decades — used vomiting as its central metaphor, to the clear discomfort of some in the audience.  

Comparing the art directors he worked with to his mother, who he said cradled his head when he vomited as a child, Beatty concluded his remarks by saying, "Thank you for holding my head."

Comedian Paula Poundstone hosted the show.  Presenters included actors Richard Chamberlain and Angela Kinsey and director Kathryn Bigelow.  

The Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom is having a busy few days: after the ADG Awards on Saturday, the American Cinema Editors’ Eddie Awards come in on Sunday.  (In fact, ADG guests were cautioned not to leave with the table centerpieces, because they’d be reused by the editors the following night.)  On Monday morning, the Academy hosts its annual Nominees Luncheon in the same room. 

(Beatty photo by Greg Grudt/Matthew Imaging)

The winners:

WINNERS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2009:

Period Film: “Sherlock Holmes”
Production Designer: Sarah Greenwood

Fantasy Film: “Avatar”
Production Designer: Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg

Contemporary Film: “The Hurt Locker”
Production Designer: Karl Juliusson

WINNERS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN IN TELEVISION FOR 2009:

Single-Camera Television Series: “Mad Men”
Episode: Souvenir
Production Designer: Dan Bishop

Television Movie or Mini-Series: “Grey Gardens”
Production Designer: Kalina Ivanov

Episode of a Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series: “Weeds”
Episode: Ducks and Tigers
Production Designer: Joseph P. Lucky

Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety or Unscripted Series: “Hell’s Kitchen”
Episode: 604
Production Designer: John Janavs

Awards, Music or Game Shows: 51st Annual Grammy Awards
Production Designer: Brian Stonestreet, Steve Bass

WINNER FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR COMMERCIALS AND MUSIC VIDEOS FOR 2009:

Absolut Anthem
Commercial: In An Absolut World
Production Designer: James Chinlund
 

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