‘Her,’ ‘Great Gatsby,’ ‘Gravity’ win Art Directors Guild Awards

All five of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Production Design were represented at the Art Directors Guild Awards — “American Hustle,” “Gravity,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Her,” and “12 Years a Slave” — and three of them won.

As predicted, “Great Gatsby” won Best Period Film over “Hustle” and “12 Years,” as well as “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Inside Llewyn Davis.” “Gatsby” also has the best odds to win at the Oscars.

Gravity” won Best Fantasy Film, where it was the only Oscar-nominee in the running. It faced “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Elysium,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” and “Oblivion.”

Her” won Best Contemporary Film, where it too was the only Oscar-contender. It defeated “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “August: Osage County,” “Blue Jasmine,” and “Captain Phillips.”

Other ADG winners included “Veep” (Half-Hour Single-Camera Series), “Game of Thrones” (One-Hour Single-Camera Series) “Portlandia” (Multi-Camera, Variety, or Unscripted Series), “67th Annual Tony Awards” (Awards, Music, or Game Shows), and “Behind the Candelabra” (TV Movie/Miniseries).

As with this year, last year’s five Oscar nominees first contended at the ADG Awards. “Anna Karenina” won Best Period Film over “Les Miserables” and “Lincoln,” but it was “Lincoln” that won Oscar. “Life of Pi” won Best Fantasy Film against the fifth Oscar nominee, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

In 2011, three of the five Oscar nominees first contended at the ADG Awards. “Hugo” won Best Period Film over, among others, “The Artist,” before taking home the Oscar while “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” won Best Fantasy Film. The other Oscar nominees were “Midnight in Paris” and “War Horse.”

In 2010, all five Oscar nominees were cited by 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.

Will one of the ADG winners repeat at the Oscars? Make your predictions below:

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