'Wild,' 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Top Location Managers Guild Awards

'True Detective,' 'Boardwalk Empire' honored in TV series categories.

Wild and The Grand Budapest Hotel won trophies for best locations in a contemporary and period film, respectively, at the second annual Location Managers Guild of America Awards, Saturday at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

Wild's location manager Nancy Haecker and Grand Budapest's Klaus Darrelmann were the recipients of the awards.

In the television competitions, Batou Chandler's work on True Detective was honored for outstanding locations in a contemporary TV series, and Amanda Burbank and Audra Gorman's work on Boardwalk Empire was recognized for locations in a period TV series. The City of Long Beach Office of Special Events and Filming won the award for outstanding film commission.

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Guild members and presenters had a lot of fun with their show, starting with an opening musical number set to music from West Side Story with lyrics about location work and plenty of yellow caution tape.

Location manager and host David Doumeng joked that the show might yield some Academy Awards comparisons but added: “I’m not going to do the Birdman underpants bit." He warned the band, “These are Teamsters — play them off if you dare.”

Debbie Allen and Ted Lange presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to veteran location manager and the first African-American location manager Kokayi Ampah, whose work includes The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby (one of six projects he managed for Clint Eastwood) and Amistad, his second film with Steven Spielberg. Ampah gave heartfelt thanks to Allen, Lange, colleagues, family and friends, and he got a laugh when he turned to the band and joked, “I’m a Teamster so don't start playing.”

Alfre Woodard presented the Humanitarian Award to FilmAid International founder and Academy Award-nominated film producer Caroline Baron. Accepting the award, Baron said traveling as a filmmaker made her realize the power that the community has to make a difference. She also encouraged production of films that can send healing messages.

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Location scout Marino Pascal, creator of the archival forum for location professionals named Locolist, received the Trailblazer Award, presented by Teamsters 399 secretary/treasurer Steve Dayan.

A big laugh came from a spoof 'In Memoriam' segment that recalled basecamp locations such as 4th and Main that location managers can no longer use due to new condo construction.

A complete list of winners follows:

Outstanding Locations in a Contemporary Film

WILD (Nancy Haecker)

Outstanding Locations in a Period Film


Outstanding Locations in a Contemporary Television Series

TRUE DETECTIVE  (Batou Chandler)

Outstanding Locations in a Period Television Series

BOARDWALK EMPIRE  (Amanda Burbank and Audra Gorman)

Outstanding Locations in a Single Commercial

COCA-COLA  “America is Beautiful”  (Jimmy Ayoub, Cyndy McCrossen, Peter Orth, Stephen Pherigo)

Outstanding Locations in a Commercial Campaign

RAM TRUCKS  (David McKinney and Peter Orth)

Outstanding Film Commission