'Anna Karenina,' 'Life of Pi,' 'Skyfall' Win ADG Awards

Keira Knightley

Socialite Karenina (Knightley) is surrounded by jewel-toned brocades and damasks and ornamental gilt furniture, which signify the wealth and opulence of the Russian aristocracy during the 1800s. The elaborate handcraft of Russian Imperial decor rivals work done for contemporaneous European royalty.

The 17th Annual ceremony took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Art Directors Guild Awards announced its 17th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Feb. 2.

Anna Karenina won in the most highly contested category of best production design in a period film. It competed against Argo, Django Unchained, Les Miserables and Lincoln. Upon accepting the honor, Sarah Greenwood thanked director Joe Wright for his “mad visions he keeps getting me to help him along with” as she has collaborated with the helmer since 2005’s Pride & Prejudice.

Life of Pi won in the fantasy film category against fellow nominees Cloud Atlas, Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The wins give both Anna Karenina and Life of Pi an edge in the Oscar race for best production design against The Hobbit, Les Miserables and Lincoln.

The contemporary film category went to Skyfall, while the entire Bond franchise was  honored with the Cinematic Imagery Award. Sir Ken Adam, Allan Cameron, Peter Lamont and Dennis Gassner (who accepted the award for Skyfall) were among the honorees.

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HBO’s Girls won for best half-hour, single-camera TV series. Of creator, writer, director and star Lena Dunham, Judy Becker said, “She’s the best.”

Best TV movie or miniseries went to Mark Worthington’s work on American Horror Story: Asylum, and Game of Thrones won for one-hour single camera TV series.

Production designers Preston Ames, Richard MacDonald and Edward S. Stephenson were inducted into the ADG’s Hall of Fame. Herman Zimmerman, renowned production designer on numerous Star Trek series, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from presenter Scott Bakula.

The awards gala was sponsored by BMW with the theme Design in Motion and hosted by comic Paula Poundstone for the fourth year.

Find the list of winners below.

Feature Films:

Period Film

Production designer: Sarah Greenwood

Fantasy Film

Production designer: David Gropman

Contemporary Film

Production designer: Dennis Gassner


One-Hour Single Camera Television Series

GAME OF THRONES, Episode: The Ghost of Harrenhal
Production designer: Gemma Jackson

Television Movie or Mini-Series

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM, Episode: I Am Anne Frank, Part 2
Production designer: Mark Worthington

Episode of a Half-Hour Single Camera Television Series

GIRLS, Episode: Pilot
Production designer:Judy Becker

Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety or Unscripted Series

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, Episode: Mick Jagger Host
Production designers: Keith Raywood, Eugene Lee, Akira Yoshimura and N. Joseph DeTullio

Awards, Music or Game Shows

Production designer: John Myhre

Commercial, PSA, Promo, and Music Video

X-BOX, Episode: Halo 4 Commissioning
Production designer: Christopher Glass