Mingle Media TV and Red Carpet Report host Kristyn Burtt were on the red carpet interviewing nominees and guests at the 21st Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards, who honored achievements in 11 categories of film, television, commercials and music videos at a black-tie ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland. ADG President Nelson Coates and Art Directors Council Chair Marcia Hinds presided over the awards ceremony with Emmy®-winning comedian Patton Oswalt serving as host.
Oscar®-winning director Brad Bird (The Incredibles 2, Tomorrowland) received the prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award presented by Oscar-nominated Production Designer Jim Bissell (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation). Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Emmy-winning Production Designer René Lagler, Scenic Artist Albert Obregon, Emmy-nominated Set Designer Cate Bangs and Senior Illustrator Joseph Musso. Gene Allen, the Oscar-winning Production Designer behind My Fair Lady, A Star is Born and Les Girls, was inducted into the Art Directors Guild (ADG) Hall of Fame.
This year’s awards presenters included Matthew Modine (Stranger Things), Will Forte and Kristen Schaal (The Last Man On Earth), Ben Feldman (Superstore), George Newbern (Scandal), Violett Beane (The Flash), Chris Williams (The Great Indoors) and Riley Schmidt (Scream Queens).
Guests enjoyed hand-painted film backdrops from over 30 classic Hollywood films such as Singin’ in the Rain, Ben-Hur, Hello, Dolly! and North by Northwest were displayed on canvas and on a large LED monitor during the pre-show cocktail reception and awards program. The awards presentation was part of a continued collaboration between ADG and J.C. Backings in celebration of The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop’s book release in November 2016, published by Regan Arts.
21st ANNUAL ADG WINNERS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM
1. PERIOD FILM
Production Designer: WYNN THOMAS
2. FANTASY FILM
Production Designer: GUY HENDRIX DYAS
3. CONTEMPORARY FILM
LA LA LAND
Production Designer: DAVID WASCO
21st ANNUAL ADG WINNERS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR TELEVISION ARE
4. ONE-HOUR PERIOD OR FANTASY SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
Production Designer: NATHAN CROWLEY
5. ONE-HOUR CONTEMPORARY SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
MR. ROBOT: “Eps2.0_unm4sk-pt1.tc,” “Eps2.4_m4ster-slave.aes,” “Eps2.9_pyth0n-pt1.p7z”
Production Designer: ANASTASIA WHITE
6. TELEVISION MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
THE NIGHT OF: “Pilot”
Production Designer: PATRIZIA VON BRANDENSTEIN
7. HALF HOUR SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
MOZART IN THE JUNGLE: “Now I Will Sing”
Production Designer: TOMMASO ORTINO
8. MULTI-CAMERA SERIES
THE GREAT INDOORS: “Pilot”
Production Designer: GLENDA ROVELLO
9. AWARDS OR EVENT SPECIAL
Production Designer: HANNAH BEACHLER
10. SHORT FORMAT: WEB SERIES, MUSIC VIDEO OR COMMERCIAL
iPHONE 7: BALLOONS
Production Designer: JAMES CHINLUND
11. VARIETY, REALITY OR COMPETITION SERIES
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: “Larry David/The 1975,” “Peter Dinklage/Gwen Stefani,” “Tom Hanks/Lady Gaga”
Production Designers: KEITH IAN RAYWOOD, EUGENE LEE, AKIRA YOSHIMURA, N. JOSEPH DeTULLIO
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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 and Model Makers; and Previs Artists. Established in 1937, the ADG’s ongoing activities include a Film Society, an annual Awards Banquet, a creative/technology community (5D: The Future of Immersive Design), 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. For more info about the awards, please go to adg.org. Connect with the Art Directors Guild and #ADGawards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.