THR’s Guide to the Art Directors Guild Awards

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Oscar-nominated films including 'Blade Runner 2049' and 'The Shape of Water' will vie for the ADG's Excellence in Production Design Awards on Saturday.
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‘The Shape of Water’
The Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards will be handed out Saturday at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. Below is everything to know about this year’s ceremony.The ADG Awards divides live-action features into three categories: period, fantasy and contemporary.In the category for a period film, Dunkirk was nominated alongside Darkest Hour, Murder on the Orient Express, The Post and The Shape of Water. The nominees in the fantasy category are Beauty and the Beast, Blade Runner 2049, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, War for the Planet of the Apes and Wonder Woman. And the contenders for the award for a contemporary film are Downsizing, Get Out, Lady BirdLogan and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Sarah Greenwood is a double nominee, in the period film category for Darkest Hour and in the fantasy category for Beauty and the Beast.
Three of the period film nominees and two of the fantasy film nominees are also Oscar nominees for production design.The Oscar nominees are production designer Sarah Greenwood and set decorator Katie Spencer, who are double nominees for Beauty and the Beast and Darkest Hour; production designer Dennis Gassner and set decorator Alessandra Querzola, for Blade Runner 2049; production designer Nathan Crowley and set decorator Gary Fettis, for Dunkirk; and production designer Paul Denham Austerberry and set decorator Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin, for The Shape of Water.

Over the past five years, the winner of the ADG’s period film category went on to win the Oscar in production design twice, in 2013 for The Great Gatsby and in 2014 for The Grand Budapest Hotel. The production design Oscar went to the winner of the fantasy category, Mad Max: Fury Road, in 2015. And last year, La La Land picked up the ADG prize in the category for a contemporary film on the way to winning the Oscar for production design.

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Art Directors Guild Awards: ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Among Nominees

This year for the first time, the ADG will present an award for feature animation.

The nominees are Cars 3, Coco, Despicable Me 3, The Lego Batman Movie and Loving Vincent.

Underscoring its move to recognize animation, ADG is also presenting its William Cameron Menzies Award to  Ron Clements and John Musker, directors of Disney animated films such as The Little Mermaid and, most recently, Moana.

There are four Lifetime Achievement Award honorees.

Norm Newberry, John Moffitt, James J. Murakami and Martin Kline will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards. Kathleen Kennedy will be honored with the Cinematic Imagery Award. Matthew Loeb will get the Leadership Award, and production designer Michael Baugh will receive the Outstanding Creative Achievement Award. Additionally, the late Oscar-winning production designer Sir Ken Adam (Dr. Strangelove) and senior illustrator and Bambi‘s concept designer Tyrus Wong will be inducted into the ADG Hall of Fame during the ceremony.

Oscar nominee Gary Oldman is among the evening’s presenters.

Presenters also include Will Arnett, Lou Diamond Phillips, Janina Gavankar, Kate Burton and Katee Sackhoff.

The complete list of ADG nominees can be found here.

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