This year’s frontrunner for Best Production Design at the Oscars — “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — got a big boost on Saturday when it won Best Period Design at the Art Directors Guild. Among those films it edged out was Oscar rival “The Imitation Game.”
The fifth Oscar contender — the period biopic “Mr. Turner” — was snubbed at the 19th annual edition of these kudos that were doled out at the Beverly Hilton.
The Contemporary Design award went, as expected, to “Birdman.”
These prizes have a stellar record at previewing the Oscars. Over the first 18 years of these awards, the eventual Oscar champ has always numbered among the ADG nominees in the various categories.
Last year, all five Oscar nominees first contended at the ADG Awards. Eventual Oscar champ “The Great Gatsby” won Best Period Film with the ADG over, among others, Oscar rivals “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle.” “Gravity” won Best Fantasy Film and “Her” won Best Contemporary Film.
Likewise, in 2012, all five Oscar nominees were cited first by the ADG. “Anna Karenina” won Best Period Film over “Les Miserables” and “Lincoln,” but it was “Lincoln” that won the 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.
Below, the full list of this year’s winners:
Adam Stockhausen, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Charles Wood, “Guardians of the Galaxy”
Kevin Thompson, “Birdman”
One-Hour Period or Fantasy Single-Camera TV Series
Deborah Riley, “Game of Thrones” – “The Laws of Gods and Men,” “The Mountain and the Viper”
One-Hour Contemporary Single-Camera TV Series
Alex DiGerlando, “True Detective” – “The Locked Room,” “Form and Void.”
Half Hour Single-Camera TV Series
Richard Toyon, “Silicon Valley” – “Articles of Incorporation,” “Signaling Risk,” “Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency”
Multi-Camera TV Series
John Shaffner, “The Big Bang Theory” – “The Locomotive Manipulation,” “The Convention Conundrum,” “The Status Quo Combustion”
TV Movie or Mini-Series
Mark Worthington, “American Horror Story: Freak Show” – “Massacres and Matinees”
Variety, Competition, Reality, or Game Show Series
Tyler B. Robinson, “Portlandia” – “Celery”
Awards or Event Special
Derek McLane, “86th Annual Academy Awards”
Short Format: WebSeries, Music Video or Commercial
Sean Hargreaves, Apple commercial – “Perspective”
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