Art Directors Guild Awards predictions: ‘The Great Gatsby,’ ‘Gravity’ and ‘Her’

The Great Gatsby” is the Oscar frontrunner for Best Production Design and is heavily favored to win the precursor prize at the Art Directors Guild Awards this Saturday. All of our Editors, 21 of the Top 24 Users and 80% of All Users are predicting it to prevail as  Best Period Film at the 18th annual edition of these kudos. That support translates into odds of 1/5.

Among those it is expected to defeat are two of its Oscar rivals: “12 Years a Slave” (9/1) and “American Hustle” (25/1).The other period pictures in contention are “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “Saving Mr. Banks,” which are both at 100/1.  

Another Oscar nominee — “Gravity” — is as heavily favored to take the Fantasy Film award. It too has odds of 1/5 over “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (15/2), “Elysium” (50/1) and both “Oblivion” and “Star Trek Into Darkness” at 100/1. 

The fifth Oscar nominee — “Her” — has the edge in the Contemporary Film race with three Editors, 21 of the Top 24 and 80% of All Users expecting it to win. That translates into odds of 4/11. The only other nominee with signficant support is “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which has the backing of 2 Editors and 15% of All Users and that is good enough for odds of 7/2. Both “August: Osage County” and “Blue Jasmine” are at 50/1 while “Captain Phillips” is at 100/1. 

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.

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