'Joker,' 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,' 'Rise of Skywalker' Among Art Directors Guild Nominees

8:00 AM 12/9/2019

by Carolyn Giardina

Disney's photoreal CG retelling of 'The Lion King' is nominated in the animated feature competition.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Publicity Still - H 2019
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The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) on Monday announced its award nominations with two ties, resulting in six nominees in both the period and fantasy film categories. The results also garnered a nomination for Disney’s photoreal CG retelling of The Lion King in the animated film category.

In the category for a period film, the guild nominated Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Joker, 1917 and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The fantasy film nominees are Ad Astra, Aladdin, Avengers: End Game, Dumbo, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and — though it hasn't been screened yet and is set to open Dec. 20 —Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The nominees in the final live-action motion picture category, for a contemporary film, include A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Knives Out, Parasite and Us.

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 2015 for The Grand Budapest Hotel and in 2018 for The Shape of Water. The production design Oscar went to the winner of the fantasy category twice, in 2016 for Mad Max: Fury Road and earlier this year for Black Panther. In 2017, La La Land picked up the ADG Award for a contemporary film on the way to winning the Oscar for production design.

Notable in the animated feature category is the inclusion of The Lion King, which is nominated alongside Dreamworks Animation’s Abominable and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Disney's Frozen 2 and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4. Disney chose not to enter The Lion King in the animated feature Oscar competition, but there has been plenty of debate as to whether it should be considered an animated release.

Chernobyl, Fleabag, Game of Thrones and The Mandalorian are among the nominees in the TV categories.

Winners will be announced Feb. 1 at the ADG’s 24th annual Awards at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown.

A complete list of nominees follows.

  • Period Film

    Ford v FerrariProduction Designer: François Audouy
    The IrishmanProduction Designer: Bob Shaw
    Jojo RabbitProduction Designer: Ra Vincent
    JokerProduction Designer: Mark Friedberg
    1917Production Designer: Dennis Gassner
    Once Upon a Time in HollywoodProduction Designer: Barbara Ling

  • Fantasy Film

    Ad AstraProduction Designer: Kevin Thompson
    AladdinProduction Designer: Gemma Jackson
    Avengers: EndgameProduction Designer: Charles Wood
    DumboProduction Designer: Rick Heinrichs
    Maleficent: Mistress of EvilProduction Designer: Patrick Tatopoulos
    Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerProduction Designers: Rick Carter, Kevin Jenkins

  • Contemporary Film

    A Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodProduction Designer: Jade Healy
    John Wick: Chapter 3 - ParabellumProduction Designer: Kevin Kavanaugh
    Knives OutProduction Designer: David Crank
    ParasiteProduction Designer: Lee Ha-Jun
    UsProduction Designer: Ruth De Jong

  • Animated Film

    AbominableProduction Designer: Max Boas
    Frozen IIProduction Designer: Michael Giaimo
    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden WorldProduction Designer: Pierre-Olivier Vincent
    The Lion KingProduction Designer: James Chinlund
    Toy Story 4Production Designer: Bob Pauley

  • One-Hour Period or Fantasy Single-Camera Series

    A Series of Unfortunate Events: "Penultimate Peril: Part 1," Production Designer: Bo Welch
    The Crown: "Aberfan," Production Designer: Martin Childs
    Game of Thrones: "The Bells," Production Designer: Deborah Riley
    The Mandalorian: "Chapter One," Production Designer: Andrew L. Jones
    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: "Ep. 305, Ep. 308," Production Designer: Bill Groom

  • One-Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Series

    Big Little Lies: "What Have They Done?" "The Bad Mother," "I Want to Know," Production Designer: John Paino
    The Boys: "The Female of the Species," Production Designer: Dave Blass
    Euphoria: "The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed," "And Salt the Earth Behind You," Production Designer: Kay Lee
    The Handmaid’s Tale: "Mayday," Production Designer: Elizabeth Williams
    The Umbrella Academy: "We Only See Each Other at Weddings and Funerals," Production Designer: Mark Worthington

  • Television Movie or Limited Series

    Black Mirror, "Striking Vipers," Production Designer: Anne Beauchamp
    Catch-22Production Designer: David Gropman
    ChernobylProduction Designer: Luke Hull
    DeadwoodProduction Designer: Maria Caso
    Fosse/VerdonProduction Designer: Alex DiGerlando

  • Half-Hour Single-Camera Series

    Barry: "ronny/lily," Production Designer: Tyler B. Robinson
    Fleabag: “Ep. 5,” Production Designer: Jonathan Paul Green
    GLOW: "Up, Up, Up," Production Designer: Todd Fjelsted
    The Good Place: "Employee of the Bearimy," "Help Is Other People," Production Designer: Ian Phillips
    Russian Doll: "Nothing in This World Is Easy," Production Designer: Michael Bricker

  • Multi-Camera Series

    The Big Bang Theory: "The Stockholm Syndrome," "The Conference Valuation," "The Propagation Proposition," Production Designer: John Shaffner
    The Cool Kids: "Vegas, Baby!," Production Designer: Stephan Olson
    Family Reunion: "Remember Black Elvis?," Production Designer: Aiyanna Trotter
    No Good Nick: "The Italian Job," Production Designer: Kristan Andrews
    Will & Grace: "Family, Trip," "The Things We Do for Love," "Conscious Coupling," Production Designer: Glenda Rovello

  • Short Format: Web Series, Music Video or Commercial

    Portal for Facebook: A Very Muppet Portal Launch; Production Designer: Alex DiGerlando
    Apple: "It’s Tough Out There," Production Designer: Quito Cooksey
    Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey: "Don’t Call Me Angel," Production Designer: Emma Fairley
    MedMen: "The New Normal," Production Designer: James Chinlund
    Taylor Swift: “Lover," Production Designer: Kurt Gefke

  • Variety or Competition Series / Awards or Event Special

    Drunk History: "Are You Afraid of the Drunk?," Production Designer: Monica Sotto
    91st Oscars; Production Designer: David Korins
    Rent: Live; Production Designer: Jason Sherwood
    Saturday Night Live: "1764 Emma Stone," "1762 Sandra Oh," "1760 John Mulaney," Production Designers: Keith Raywood, Akira Yoshimura, Joe DeTullio, Eugene Lee
    Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour; Production Designers: Tamlyn Wright, Baz Halpin