Art Directors Guild announces nominees for production design

Art Directors Guild announces nominees for production design
Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean in a scene from “Les Miserables.”
(Universal Pictures)

The Art Directors Guild has announced nominations in nine categories for the 17th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards.

Theatrical film nominations are divided between period, fantasy and contemporary categories.


Nominees in the period film category are production designers Sarah Greenwood for “Anna Karenina"; Sharon Seymour for “Argo"; J. Michael Riva for “Django Unchained"; Eve Stewart for “Les Miserables"; and Rick Carter for “Lincoln.”

Vying in the fantasy film category are production designers Uli Hanisch and Hugh Bateup for “Cloud Atlas"; David Gropman for “Life of Pi"; Arthur Max for “Prometheus"; Nathan Crowley and Kevin Kavanaugh for “The Dark Knight Rises"; and Dan Hannah for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”



Competing in the contemporary film category are production designers Nelson Coates for “Flight"; Dennis Gassner for “Skyfall'; Alan MacDonald for “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"; Eugenio Caballero for “The Impossible"; and Jeremy Hindle for “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Among the TV series receiving Art Directors Guild Award nominations in various categories are “Boardwalk Empire"; “Downton Abbey"; “Homeland"; “Community"; “Modern Family""; “How I Met Your Mother” and “Saturday Night Live." Awards will also be given for music videos, commercials and public service announcements.

Production designer Herman Zimmerman will be this year’s recipient of the guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award, while the production designers behind the James Bond franchise will be honored for outstanding contribution to cinematic imagery.


Preston Ames, Richard MacDonald and Edward S. Stephenson are the Hall of Fame inductees.

The 17th annual awards will be handed out Feb. 2 at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Comedian Paula Poundstone will be the host. 

Here’s a complete list of nominees:

Period Film

“Anna Karenina” | Production Designer:  Sarah Greenwood

“Argo” | Production Designer:  Sharon Seymour


“Django Unchained” | Production Designer:  J. Michael Riva

“Les Miserables” | Production Designer:  Eve Stewart

“Lincoln” | Production Designer:  Rick Carter

Fantasy Film

“Cloud Atlas” | Production Designer:  Uli Hanisch, Hugh Bateup

“Life of Pi” | Production Designer:  David Gropman

“Prometheus” | Production Designer:  Arthur Max

“The Dark Knight Rises” | Production Designer:  Nathan Crowley, Kevin Kavanaugh

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” | Production Designer:  Dan Hannah

Contemporary Film

“Flight” | Production Designer:  Nelson Coates

“Skyfall” | Production Designer:  Dennis Gassner

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” | Production Designer:  Alan MacDonald

“The Impossible” | Production Designer:  Eugenio Caballero

“Zero Dark Thirty” | Production Designer:  Jeremy Hindle


One-Hour Single Camera Television Series

“Boardwalk Empire” - Episode: Resolution | Production Designer: Bill Groom

“Downton Abbey” - Episode: Christmas Special | Production Designer: Donal Woods

“Game of Thrones” - Episode: The Ghost Of Harrenhal | Production Designer: Gemma Jackson

“Homeland” - Episode: The Choice | Production Designer: John D. Kretschmer

“Newsroom” - Episode:  We Just Decided To | Production Designer: Richard Hoover

Television Movie or Mini-Series

“American Horror Story: Asylum” - Episode: I Am Anne Frank, Part 2 | Production Designer:  Mark Worthington

“Game Change” | Production Designer:  Michael Corenblith

“Hatfields and McCoys” - Episode:  Ep.#1.1 - Night One, Ep.#1.2 - Night Two, Ep.#1.3 - Night Three | Production Designer:  Derek R. Hill

“Hemingway & Gellhorn” | Production Designer:  Geoffrey Kirkland

“Mockingbird Lane” | Production Designer:  Michael Wylie

Episode of a Half-Hour Single-Camera Television Series

“Community” - Episode: Pillows And Blankets | Production Designer:  Denise Pizzini

“Girls” - Episode: Pilot | Production Designer:  Judy Becker

“Modern Family” - Episode: Mistery Date | Production Designer:  Richard Berg

“Parks & Recreation” - Episode: Soda Tax | Production Designer:  Ian Phillips

“The New Normal” - Episode: Sofa’s Choice | Production Designer:  Tony Fanning

Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety or Unscripted Series

“2 Broke Girls” - Episode: And the Silent Partner | Production Designer:  Glenda Rovello

Democratic National Convention | Production Designer:  Bruce Rodgers

“How I Met Your Mother” - Episode:  The Magicians Code Part 1 | Production Designer:  Stephan Olson

“Saturday Night Live” - Episode:  Mick Jagger Host | Production Designer:  Keith Raywood

“The Voice” - Production Designer:  Anton Goss, James Pearse Connelly

Awards, Music or Game Shows

84th Annual Academy Awards | Production Designer:  John Myhre

Grammy Nomination Concert Live | Episode: Countdown | Production Designer:  Matthew Russell

Super Bowl XLVI - Episode: Halftime Show starring Madonna | Production Designer:  Bruce Rodgers

The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards | Production Designer:  Steve Bass

40th Annual American Music Awards | Production Designer:  Joe Stewart

Commercials and Music Videos

Budweiser - Episode: The Return of the King | Production Designer:  Jason Hamilton

Macy’s - Episode: Dream | Production Designer:  Carlos A. Menendez

Nike - Episode: Fast is faster | Production Designer:  Tino Schaedler

Nike+ - Episode: Game on World | Production Designer:  James Chinlund

X-Box - Episode:  Halo 4 Commissioning | Production Designer:  Christopher Glass


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