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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.
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