Art Directors Guild Awards announce Excellence in Production Design at Hollywood ceremony

Art Directors Guild Awards announce Excellence in Production Design at Hollywood ceremony

We believe the design and the look of a film or TV series is as important as the script or the performances in bringing a story to life. Yet the talented production designers and set decorators who are responsible for the overall visual look of a production don’t get half as much credit or exposure as they deserve, which is why the Art Directors Guild Awards are important in highlighting the enormous creativity and hard work that goes into film making.

We salute all the talented winners announced last weekend at The Art Directors Guild 22nd Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in the 11 categories of film, television, commercials, music videos and, for the first time, animation features, during a black-tie ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

Blade Runner 2049 (Dennis Gassner), The Shape of Water (Paul Denham Austerberry), Coco (Harley Jessup) and Logan (Francois Audouy) all won Best Production Design for Feature Film.

Television winners included The Handmaid’s Tale (Julie Berghoff), Portlandia (Schuyler Telleen), Will & Grace (Glenda Rovella), Black Mirror (Joel Collins, Phil Sims) Game of Thrones (Deborah Riley), Glow (Todd Fjelsted) and Star Wars Battlefront II: Rivalry/PS4 (Jason Edmonds).

Honorees include Kathleen Kennedy (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jurassic Park, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial), Animation Filmmakers Ron Clements and John Musker (Moana, Hercules, Aladdin) and IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb.

The Outstanding Creative Achievement Award went to Production Designer Michael Baugh.

Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Production Designer Norm Newberry, Production Designer/Set Designer James Murakami, Scenic Artist John Moffitt and Senior Illustrator/Art Director Martin Kline. 

The late Oscar-winning Production Designer Sir Ken Adam (Dr. Strangelove, James Bond) and Senior Illustrator and Bambi’s Concept Designer Tyrus Wong were inducted into the ADG Hall of Fame.

The awards took place before an audience of more than 1,000, including guild members, industry executives and press. ADG President Nelson Coates and Art Directors Council Chair Mark Worthington presided over the awards ceremony with comedian Johnathan Fernandez serving as host. 

Blade Runner 2049 production design set decoration film set
Blade Runner 2049

Winners For Excellence In Production Design For A Feature Film

Period Film – The Shape Of Water – Production Designer: Paul Denham Austerberry

Fantasy Film – Blade Runner 2049 – Production Designer: Dennis Gassner

Contemporary Film – Logan – Production Designer: Francois Audouy

Animated Film – Coco – Production Designer: Harley Jessup

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The Handmaid’s Tale

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 – Black Mirror “Uss Callister” – Production Designers: Joel Collins, Phil Sims

Half Hour Single-Camera Series – Glow: “Pilot,” “The Wrath Of Kuntar,” “The Dusty Spur” – Production Designer: Todd Fjelsted

Multi-Camera Series – 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

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Black Mirror Season 4 CSS Callister

The Art Directors Guild represents 2,500 members who work throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers, Art Directors, Assistant Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Illustrators and Matte Artists; Set Designers, Model Makers and Previs Artists. Established in 1937, the ADG’s ongoing activities include a Film Society, an annual Awards Banquet, a bimonthly craft magazine (Perspective); and extensive technology-training programs, figure drawing and other creative workshops and year-round Gallery 800 art exhibitions.


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