Art Directors Guild Awards Preview: All Five Oscar Contenders Are Nominees

The ceremony will be held Saturday at the Ray Dolby Ballroom.
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'Hail, Caesar!'

Patton Oswalt will be hosting the Art Directors Guild’s 21st annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland. Here’s what you need to know about Saturday’s event.

The guild recognizes work in three motion picture categories: period, fantasy and contemporary film.

As a result of a tie in the voting, there are six nominees in the category for a period film: Cafe SocietyFencesHacksaw RidgeHail, Caesar!Hidden Figures; and Jackie.  The nominees for a fantasy film include Arrival, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Passengers and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In the category of contemporary film, the ADG nominated Hell or High Water, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea and Nocturnal Animals.

All five Oscar nominees for production design are nominated for ADG Awards.

The Oscar nominees are Hail, Caesar! (nominated for the ADG Award for a period film); La La La Land (ADG nominee for a contemporary film); Arrival; Fantastic Beasts; and Passengers (ADG nominees for a fantasy film). During the past five years, the ADG period film category winner went on to win the Oscar three times and once it went to the winner in the fantasy category (last year for Mad Max: Fury Road).

In television, as the result of another tie in voting, six contenders were nominated in the category for a variety, reality or competition series.

They are American Grit, Portlandia, Saturday Night Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Voice.

Brad Bird will be honored with the Cinematic Imagery Award.

Also during the ceremony, lifetime achievement awards will be presented to five-time Emmy winner and production designer Rene Lagler, scenic artist Albert Obregon, Emmy-nominated set designer Cate Bangs and senior illustrator Joseph Musso. The late Oscar-winning production designer and former Academy president Gene Allen (My Fair Lady, A Star Is Born) will be inducted into the ADG Hall of Fame.

Original backdrops from classic films such as Singin’ in the Rain will be showcased during the ceremony.

Hand-painted film backdrops from more than 30 films including Ben-Hur; Hello, Dolly!; and North by Northwest will be displayed on canvas and on a large LED monitor during the preshow cocktail reception and awards program. Guests will have the opportunity to take photos in front of the “Make Them Laugh” backing from Singin’ in the Rain.

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