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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.
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.
Production designer: Sarah Greenwood
LIFE OF PI
Production designer: David Gropman
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
84th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS
Production designer: John Myhre
Commercial, PSA, Promo, and Music Video
X-BOX, Episode: Halo 4 Commissioning
Production designer: Christopher Glass
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