Art Directors Guild unveils nominations

'Avatar,' 'Sherlock,' 'Hangover' among films recognized

The lush and iridescent forests of "Avatar," the sooty Victorian London of "Sherlock Holmes" and even the trashed, morning-after Vegas suites of "The Hangover" all caught the collective eye of the Art Directors Guild, which announced its nominations Friday.

The ADG, which will hold its 14th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 13 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, unveiled noms in nine categories, covering movies, TV, commercials and music videos.

In the category of fantasy film, "Avatar" will do battle with two other sci-fi titles -- "District 9" and "Star Trek" -- as well as the book adaptations "Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince" and "Where the Wild Things Are."

The nominees for period film range from "Sherlock Holmes," set in the 19th century, to the Depression-era America of "Public Enemies" to the World War II France of "Inglourious Basterds" as well as the post-war France of "Julie & Julia" and the '60s suburbia of "A Serious Man."

The contemporary films that earned noms are "Angels & Demons," "The Hangover," "The Hurt Locker," "The Lovely Bones" and "Up in the Air."

Moving on to TV, the ADG named episodes of "Glee," Mad Men," "Pushing Daisies," "True Blood" and "Ugly Betty" in the category of single-camera TV series.

In the TV or miniseries list, the nominees are the Cartoon Network's "Ben 10: Alien Swarm," HBO's "Grey Gardens" and AMC's "The Prisoner."

The half-hour, single-camera TV series that rated noms are "30 Rock," "Flight of the Conchords," "Modern Family," "The Office" and "Weeds."

Multicamera, variety or unscripted series that attracted noms are "The Big Bang Theory," "The Jay Leno Show," "Hell's Kitchen," "How I Met Your Mother" and "Saturday Night Live."

Nominated in the category of awards, music or game shows are "2009 CMT Music Awards," "51st Annual Grammy Awards," "61st Annual Emmy Awards," "66th Golden Globe Awards" and "Wheel of Fortune."

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In the final category, commercials and music videos, the nominees were all commercials: an Absolut spot called "In an Absolut World," a Hewlett-Packard ad called "In the Air," a House of Imagination commercial, a Ninendo commercial called "Wii" and a Puma ad called "Lift."

At the awards ceremony, Warren Beatty will be presented with the ADG's Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award. The Lifetime Achievement honor goes to Academy Award-winning production designer Terence Marsh and will be presented to Marsh by Gene Wilder. Production designer Michael Baugh is being presented with a Creative Leadership Award.

The ADG will induct into its Hall of Fame production designers Malcolm F. Brown, Bob Keene and Ferdinando Scarfiotti.

At the start of the awards ceremony, the ADG will debut a short film clip titled "Production Design: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful."

The nominations announcement was made by ADG council president Tom Walsh and awards co-producers John Janavs and Dawn Snyder.

A complete list of nominees can be found on the next page.


Period film

"A Serious Man," production, designer, Jess Gonchor
"Inglourious Basterds," David Wasco
"Julie & Julia," Mark Ricker
"Public Enemies," Nathan Crowley
"Sherlock Holmes," Sarah Greenwood

Fantasy film
"Avatar," Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg
"District 9," Philip Ivey
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," Stuart Craig
"Star Trek," Scott Chambliss
"Where the Wild Things Are," K.K. Barrett

Contemporary film

"Angels & Demons," Allan Cameron
"The Hangover," Bill Brzeski
"The Hurt Locker," Karl Juliusson
"The Lovely Bones," Naomi Shohan
"Up in the Air," Steve Saklad


Single-camera television series
"Glee," episode: "Pilot," Mark Hutman
"Man Men," episode: "Souvenir," Dan Bishop
"Pushing Daisies," episode: "Kerplunk," Michael Wylie
"True Blood," episode: "Never Let Me Go," Suzuki Ingerslev
"Ugly Betty," episode: "There's No Place Like Mode," Mark Worthington

Television movie or miniseries
"Ben 10: Alien Swarm," Yuda Acco
"Grey Gardens," Kalina Ivanov
"The Prisoner," Michael Pickwoad

Episode of a half-hour single-camera television series
"30 Rock," episode: "Apollo, Apollo," Keith Ian Raywood, Teresa Mastropierro
"Flight of the Conchords," episode: "Evicted," Dan Butts
"Modern Family," episode: "Coal Digger," Richard Berg
"The Office," episode: "Niagara," Michael Gallenberg
"Weeds," episode: "Ducks and Tigers," Joseph P. Lucky

Episode of a multicamera, variety or unscripted series
"The Big Bang Theory," episode: "The Adhesive Duck Deficiency," John Schaffner
"The Jay Leno Show," episode: 51, R. Brandt Daniels
"Hell's Kitchen, episode: 604, John Janavs
"How I Met Your Mother," episode: Old King Clancy," Stephan Olson
"Saturday Night Live," episode: Justin Timberlake, Eugene Lee, Akira Yoshimura, Keith Ian Raywood

Awards, music or game show
"2009 CMT Music Awards," Anne Brahic
"51st Annual Grammy Awards," Brian Stonestreet, Steve Bass
"61st Annual Emmy Awards," Steve Bass
"66th Golden Globe Awards," Brian Stonestreet
"Wheel of Fortune," episode: "On location in Hawaii," Renee Hoss-Johnson

Commercials and music videos
Absolut Antem, "In an Absolut World," James Chinlund
Hewlett Packard, "In the Air," Christopher Glass
House of Imagination, Martin Tino Schaedler
Nintendo, "Wii," Floyd Albee
Puma, "Lift," James Chinlund