- Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) tonight announced winners of its 22nd Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in 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), 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), and “Game of Thrones” (Deborah Riley) “Glow” (Todd Fjelsted), and “Star Wars Battlefront II: Rivalry/PS4” (Jason Edmonds), respectively.
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. Returning again as producers of this year's ADG Awards (#ADGawards) were Production Designers THOMAS A. WALSH, ADG, and THOMAS WILKINS, ADG. The guild debuted its new award category Excellence in Production Design for an Animated Film and Pixar’s “Coco” was the first recipient of this award.
Oscar®-winning Production Designer RICK CARTER (Avatar, StarWars: The Force Awakens) presented KATHLEEN KENNEDY (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jurassic Park, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial) with the prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award following a filmed salute to the eight-time Academy Award®-Nominee and President of Lucasfilm. The William Cameron Menzies Award honored Disney’s Oscar®-nominated animation filmmakers RON CLEMENTS and JOHN MUSKER (Moana, Hercules, Aladdin) and was presented by ANIKA NONI ROSE (Dreamgirls, The Princess and The Frog), who thrilled the audience with her vocal performance of The Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World.” A special Leadership Award was bestowed upon International IATSE President MATTHEW D. LOEB by ADG Executive Director CHUCK PARKER.
The Outstanding Creative Achievement Award went to Production Designer MICHAEL BAUGH by ADG President NELSON COATES and Art Directors Council Chair MARK WORTHINGTON. Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Production Designer NORM NEWBERRY by Production Designer RICK CARTER; Emmy®-winning and Oscar®-nominated Production Designer/Set Designer JAMES MURAKAMI by four time Oscar®-nominee GARY FETTIS; Scenic Artist JOHN MOFFITT by ED STRANG, and Senior Illustrator/Art Director MARTIN KLINE by CASEY BERNAY. The late Oscar-winning Production Designer SIR KEN ADAM (Dr. Strangelove, James Bond) Senior Illustrator and Bambi’s Concept Designer TYRUS WONG were inducted into the ADG Hall of Fame.
Additional presenters for this year’s awards included GARY OLDMAN (Darkest Hour), WILL ARNETT (Arrested Development), LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS (Longmire), KATE BURTON (Scandal) and KATEE SACKHOFF (Battlestar Gallactica), NANCY CARTWRIGHT (The Simpsons); CATHERINE O’HARA (Home Alone), and RIAN JOHNSON (Director, Star Wars: The Last Jedi).
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
Production Designer: FRANÇOIS AUDOUY
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
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
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
The ADG Awards is proud to be sponsored by DESIGN VANGUARD LEVEL: Shutterstock; PREMIER LEVEL: 20th Century Fox; DOUBLE PLATINUM LEVEL: Netflix, PLATINUM LEVEL: Astek Wallcovering, ICM Partners, Focus Features, Fox Searchlight, Lucasfilm Ltd, NBC Universal, TRIO Entertainment Services Group, Universal Pictures, UTA, Walt Disney Animation, Walt Disney Studios; Gold Level: The Gersh Agency, Warner Bros. Studio Facilities, WPA; SILVER LEVEL: All-Access Staging & Productions, Bridgeman Images, Fox Production Services, IATSE, Illustrators & Matte Artists Council, Set Designers and Model Makers Council, Scenic, Title & Graphic Artists Council, JC Backings, Murtha Skouras Agency, Pixar, Universal Cable Productions, USA Network, WME; SPECIAL IATSE SPONSORS: IATSE, District 3, Local 16, Local 33, Local 52, Local 600, Local 764, MEDIA SPONSORS: American Cinematheque, SDSU School of Theatre, Television and Film, SHOOT, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety; IN-KIND SPONSORS: Centerline Scenery, VER, Night Light Labs, Turn of Events Productions, Dangling Carrot, Modern Props, Transformit
About THE ART DIRECTORS GUILD
The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) 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. The Guild’s Online Directory/Website Resource is at www.adg.org. Connect with the Art Directors Guild and #ADGawards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.