A Guide to This Year's Art Directors Guild Awards

Nominees include the five films mentioned for the Oscar in production design.
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The Art Directors Guild on Sunday will present the 20th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Here are some things to know about this year's event, which will honor work in 11 categories of production design for theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos.

The ADG recognizes feature films in three categories: period, fantasy and contemporary.

Nominated films in the category for period movies include Bridge of Spies, Crimson Peak, The Danish Girl, The Revenant and Trumbo. The fantasy film nominees are Cinderella, Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Tomorrowland. And in the contemporary film category, the guild nominated Ex Machina, Joy, The Martian, Sicario and Spectre.

Five ADG feature nominees are also nominated for the Oscar in production design.

They include: Bridge of Spies production designer Adam Stockhausen (he’s nominated for the Oscar with set decorators Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich); The Danish Girl’s production designer Eve Stewart (nominated for the Oscar with set decorator Michael Standish): Mad Max: Fury Road’s production designer Colin Gibson (set decorator Lisa Thompson); The Martian's production designer Arthur Max (set decorator Celia Bobak); and The Revenant's production designer Jack Fisk (set decorator Hamish Purdy).

This is Stockhausen’s third Oscar nomination; he won a year ago for The Grand Budapest Hotel. This is Stewart’s fourth Oscar nomination, Max’s third, Fisk’s second and Gibson’s first.

In three of the past four years, the ADG period film category winner went on to win the Oscar in production design.

That included The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Great Gatsby and Hugo. The last ADG fantasy film category winner to also win the Oscar was 2009’s Avatar. This year, Oscar nominees Bridge of Spies, The Danish Girl and The Revenant are nominated in the ADG’s period film category. Mad Max is nominated in the fantasy category, and The Martian will compete in the contemporary category.

As the result of a tie, the ADG category for a variety, reality or competition series has six nominees.

They include Conan, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Key & Peele, Saturday Night Live, Top Chef and The Voice.

Honorees of special awards include David O. Russell and Patrizia von Brandenstein.

Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Emmy- and Oscar-winning production designer Patrizia von Brandenstein, scenic artist Bill Anderson, Oscar-nominated matte artist Harrison Ellenshaw and set designer William J. Newmon II.

David O. Russell will receive the guild’s Cinematic Imagery Award, and Robert Osborne will be the first to receive ADG’s newly created William Cameron Menzies Award for his work in championing classic motion pictures.

Production designer Carmen Dillon, production designer and illustrator Dorothea Holt Redmond, production and costume designer Patricia Norris and art director and set designer Dianne Wager will be inducted into the ADG Hall of Fame.

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