'Blade Runner 2049,' 'Logan,' 'Shape of Water' Top Art Directors Guild Awards

10:12 PM 1/27/2018

by Carolyn Giardina

'Coco' won the inaugural ADG Award for an animated feature.

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Blade Runner 2049, Logan and The Shape of Water on Saturday topped the live-action feature categories at the Art Directors Guild's Excellence in Production Design Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

The award for a fantasy film went to Blade Runner 2049; the period film honor was awarded to The Shape of Water; and the contemporary film prize went to Logan.

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.

This year's Oscar nominees are Blade Runner 2049; The Shape of Water; and ADG nominees Beauty and the Beast, Darkest Hour and Dunkirk.

For the first time, the ADG presented an award this year for feature animation, which was given to Disney/Pixar's Coco. Underscoring its move to recognize animation, the guild also presented 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. The pair thanked the ADG for recognizing animation with the new category.

Honorees also included Norm Newberry, John Moffitt, James J. Murakami and Martin Kline, who received lifetime achievement awards. Michael Baugh received the Outstanding Creative Achievement Award.

Accepting the Cinematic Imagery Award, Kathleen Kennedy said, “Cinematic imagery has to begin with great storytelling, but great storytelling can be inspired by imagery." Looking ahead, she asked, "Can we have cinematic imagery outside of the theatrical experience [as technology movies forward]? That's how we move the craft of cinema into the future.”

Asserted IATSE president Matthew Loeb, recipient of the Leadership Award: “We are going to remain politically active, because if we don’t we might elect an idiot." He added that “we are going to fight for fairness,” and “a safe, harassment-free workplace has to happen.”

The late Oscar-winning production designer Sir Ken Adam (Dr. Strangelove) and senior illustrator and Bambi's concept designer Tyrus Wong were inducted into the ADG Hall of Fame during the ceremony.

The complete list of winners is below.

  • Period Film

    Darkest Hour
    Production Designer: Sarah Greenwood

    Production Designer: Nathan Crowley

    Murder on the Orient Express
    Production Designer: Jim Clay

    The Post
    Production Designer: Rick Carter 

    WINNER The Shape of Water
    Production Designer: Paul Denham Austerberry

  • Fantasy Film

    Beauty and the Beast
    Production Designer: Sarah Greenwood

    WINNER Blade Runner 2049
    Production Designer: Dennis Gassner

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    Production Designer: Rick Heinrichs

    War for the Planet of the Apes
    Production Designer: James Chinlund

    Wonder Woman
    Production Designer: Aline Bonetto

  • Contemporary Film

    Production Designer: Stefania Cella

    Get Out
    Production Designer: Rusty Smith

    Lady Bird
    Production Designer: Chris Jones

    WINNER Logan
    Production Designer: Francois Audouy

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    Production Designer: Inbal Weinberg

  • Animated Film

    Cars 3
    Production Designers: William Cone, Jay Shuster

    WINNER Coco
    Production Designer: Harley Jessup

    Despicable Me 3
    Art Director: Olivier Adam

    The Lego Batman Movie
    Production Designer: Grant Freckelton

    Loving Vincent
    Production Designer: Matthew Button

  • One-Hour Period or Fantasy Single-Camera Series

    A Series of Unfortunate Events: "The Bad Beginning: Part One," "The Reptile Room: Part One," "The Wide Window: Part One"
    Production Designer: Bo Welch

    The Crown: "A Company of Men," "Beryl," "Dear Mrs. Kennedy"
    Production Designer: Martin Childs

    WINNER Game of Thrones: "Dragonstone," "The Queen`s Justice," "Eastwatch"
    Production Designer: Deborah Riley

    Mindhunter: "S1:E1," "S1:E4," "S1:E9"
    Production Designer: Steve Arnold

    Stranger Things: "Chapter Six: The Spy," "Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer," "Chapter Nine: The Gate"
    Production Designer: Chris Tujillo

  • One-Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Series

    American Gods: "The Bone Orchard," "The Secret of Spoons," "Head Full of Snow"
    Production Designer: Patti Podesta

    WINNER The Handmaid's Tale: "Pilot, Offred," "Birth Day," "Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum" 
    Production Designer: Julie Berghoff

    The Handmaid's Tale: "The Bridge"
    Production Designer: Andrew Stearn

    Mr. Robot: "eps3.0_power-saver-mode.h," "eps3.1_undo.gz," "eps3.2_legacy.so"
    Production Designer: Anastasia White

    Twin Peaks: "Ep. 1: Part 1," "Ep. 8: Part 8," "Ep. 15: Part 15"
    Production Designer: Ruth De Jong

  • Television Movie or Limited Series

    American Horror Story: Cult: "Election Night," "Winter of Our Discontent"
    Production Designer: Jeff Mossa

    Big Little Lies: "Somebody`s Dead," "Living the Dream," "You Get What You Need"
    Production Designer: John Paino

    WINNER Black Mirror: "USS Callister"
    Production Designer: Joel Collins

    Fargo: "The Narrow Escape Problem," "The Law of Inevitability," "Who Rules the Land of Denial?"
    Production Designer: Elisabeth Williams

    Feud: Bette and Joan: "Pilot," "And the Winner is…," "You Mean All This Time We Could Have Been Friends?"
    Production Designer: Judy Becker

  • Half Hour Single-Camera Series

    Future Man: "Pandora's Mailbox," "Beyond The Truffledome," "A Date With Destiny"
    Production Designer: Jessica Kender

    WINNER Glow: "Pilot," "The Wrath of Kuntar," "The Dusty Spur"
    Production Designer: Todd Fjelsted

    Master of None: "Le Nozze," "Thanksgiving," "Amarsi Un Po"
    Production Designer: Amy Williams

    Silicon Valley: "Hooli-Con," "Server Error"
    Production Designer: Richard Toyon

    Veep: "Omaha"
    Production Designer: Jim Gloster

  • Multi-Camera Series

    9JKL: "Pilot," "Lovers Getaway," "Set Visit"
    Production Designer: Stephan Olson

    The Big Bang Theory: "The Romance Recalibration," "The Separation Agitation," "The Explosion Implosion"
    Production Designer: John Shaffner

    The Ranch: "My Best Friend," "Last Dollar (Fly Away)," "Wrapped Up in You"
    Production Designer: John Shaffner

    Superior Donuts: "Pilot," "Crime Time," "Arthur`s Day Off"
    Production Designer: Stephan Olson

    WINNER Will & Grace: "Eleven Years Later," "A Gay Olde Christmas"
    Production Designer: Glenda Rovello

  • Short Format: Web Series, Music Video or Commercial

    Apple: "Bulbs"
    Production Designer: James Chinlund

    Chanel: "Gabrielle"
    Production Designer: Shane Valentino

    Katy Perry: "Bon Appetit"
    Production Designer: Natalie Groce

    Nike: "Equality"
    Production Designer: Ruth De Jong

    WINNER Star Wars Battlefront II: "Rivalry / PS4"
    Production Designer: Jason Edmonds

  • Variety or Competition Series / Awards or Event Special

    Bill Nye Saves the World: "Earth Is A Hot Mess"
    Production Designer: James Pearse Connelly

    Golden Globe Awards: "74th Annual"
    Production Designer: Brian Stonestreet

    WINNER Portlandia: "Portland Secedes," "Ants," "Fred`s Cell Phone Company"
    Production Designer: Schuyler Telleen

    Saturday Night Live: "Aziz Ansari + Big Sean," "Alec Baldwin + Ed Sheeran," "Larry David + Miley Cyrus"
    Production Designers: Keith Ian Raywood, Eugene Lee, Akira Yoshimura, N. Joseph DeTullio

    Super Bowl Halftime Show: "Starring Lady Gaga"
    Production Designer: Bruce Rodgers