As expected, “Blade Runner 2049” and “The Shape of Water” were the big production design winners for fantasy and period at the 22nd Art Directors Guild Awards on Saturday at Hollywood and Highland. “Logan” was the surprising contemporary winner (production designed by Francois Audouy), but Pixar’s “Coco” made history as the ADG’s first animation honoree (earned by production designer Harley Jessup).
Production designers Dennis Gassner and Paul Austerberry will square off for the Oscar. Gassner, the favorite, created a harsh and brutalistic dystopia for Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner” sequel, while Austerberry’s brought noir and water motifs to Guillermo del Toro’s period fantasy-romance.
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For TV, “Game of Thrones,” (period or fantasy), “The Handmaid’s Tale” (contemporary), “Black Mirror” (limited series), “Glow” (half-hour series), and “Will & Grace” (multi-camera series) were the big winners.
ADG honors went to Lucasfilm president and “Star Wars” franchise producer Kathleen Kennedy (Cinematic Imagery Award); Disney directors Ron Clements and John Musker, best known for “Moana,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Aladdin” (The William Cameron Menzies Award); International IATSE president Matthew D. Loeb (a special Leadership Award); and “Columbo” production designer Michael Baugh (Outstanding Creative Achievement Award).
In addition, Life Achievement Awards went to production designer Norm Newberry (“The Sting”), production designer James Murakami (“Changeling”), scenic artist John Moffitt (“Goonies”), and senior illustrator/art director Martin Kline (“Jurassic Park”). Also, Sir Ken Adam (production designer for both “Dr. Strangelove” and the James Bond franchise) and concept designer Tyrus Wong (“Bambi”) were posthumously inducted into the ADG Hall of Fame.
WINNERS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM
THE SHAPE OF WATER, Production Designer: PAUL DENHAM AUSTERBERRY
BLADE RUNNER 2049, Production Designer: DENNIS GASSNER
LOGAN, Production Designer: FRANÇOIS AUDOUY
ANIMATED FILM Coco
COCO, Production Designer: HARLEY JESSUP
WINNERS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR TELEVISION
One-Hour Period or Fantasy Single-Camera Series
GAME OF THRONES: “Dragonstone,” “The Queen`s Justice,” “Eastwatch,” Production Designer: DEBORAH RILEY
One-Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Series
THE HANDMAID’S TALE: “Pilot, Offred,” “Birth Day,” “Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum,” Production Designer: JULIE BERGHOFF
Television Movie or LIMITED Series Feud
BLACK MIRROR: “USS Callister,” Production Designer: JOEL COLLINS
Half Hour Single-Camera Series Master of None
GLOW: “Pilot,” “The Wrath of Kuntar,” “The Dusty Spur,” Production Designer: TODD FJELSTED
WILL & GRACE: “Eleven Years Later,” “A Gay Olde Christmas,” Production Designer: GLENDA ROVELLO
Short Format: Web Series, Music Video or Commercial
STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II: “Rivalry / PS4,” Production Designer: JASON EDMONDS
Variety or Competition Series/AWARDS OR EVENT SPECIAL
PORTLANDIA: “Portland Secedes,” “Ants,” “Fred`s Cell Phone Company,” Production Designer: SCHUYLER TELLEEN