Art Directors Guild Awards preview Oscars

This year’s Oscar winner for Best Art Direction is most likely among the nominees announced Wednesday for the 16th annual Art Directors Guild Awards. Over the first 15 years of these kudos, the eventual Oscar champ has always been found among the nominees in the various categories. The prizes will be handed out at the Beverly Hilton on Feb. 4 with Paula Poundstone emceeing the kudos for the third year running.

Period Film nominees are:
“The Artist”
“The Help”
“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

Fantasy Film nominees are: 
“The Adventures of Tintin”
“Captain America: The First Avenger”
“Cowboys & Aliens”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”

Contemporary Film nominees are:
“The Descendants”
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

Last year, all five of the Oscar nominees contended first at the ADG awards: “The King’s Speech” took Best Period Film while “Inception” edged out eventual Oscar champ “Alice in Wonderland” as Best Fantasy Film. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I” contended in fantasy while “True Grit” was nominated in period. The Contemporary winner was “Black Swan.” 

In 2009, one of the ADG fantasy film nominees — “Avatar” — won the Oscar while just one of the ADG period picture picks — “Sherlock Holmes” — also contended at the Academy Awards. Three films snubbed by the ADG — “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” “Nine” and “The Young Victoria” — filled out the Oscar roster.

The 2008 Oscar nominees included only two of the five ADG choices for period production design — “Changeling” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” — and just one of the five fantasy nominees — “The Dark Knight.” “Benjamin Button” won with both groups. In 2007, the Oscar slate included four of the ADG period nominees and one from the fantasy front. “Sweeney Todd” won the Oscar while “There Will Be Blood” took the ADG period prize.

PREDICT OSCAR NOMINEES: What films will make the list for Best Picture?

Log your predictions in all top Oscar races. Compete against experts! CLICK HERE


Do the Oscars hate kids?

Studs don’t win Oscars

10 Golden Globe upsets that COULD happen

Gold Derby editors pick best and worst awards moments of 2011

Box office report: Meryl Streep has golden touch with ‘The Iron Lady’

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *