"Anna Karenina," "Lincoln," "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained" are among the films nominated for the top honors in the Art Directors Guild's 2012 Excellence in Production Design Awards, the ADG announced on Wednesday night.
Other nominees include "Argo" in the Period Film category, "Cloud Atlas," "Life of Pi," "The Hobbit," "Prometheus" and "The Dark Knight Rises" in the Fantasy Film category, and "Flight," "Skyfall," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "The Impossible" and "Zero Dark Thirty" in the Contemporary Film category.
Significant omissions include the meticulously designed "Moonrise Kingdom," the detailed period recreations of "The Master" and the purposefully chaotic junkiness of "Beasts of the Southern Wild."
One notable nomination went to "Django Unchained" production designer J. Michael Riva, who was in New Orleans working on the Quentin Tarantino film at the time of his death in June.
The ADG separates its movie awards into Period Film, Fantasy Film and Contemporary Film categories. The division allows it to salute a broad range of films, from likely Oscar nominees to real longshots.
Typically, Oscar voters make most of their picks from the ADG's period category – although last year, even with 15 ADG nominees to choose from, two of the Academy's five nominees hadn't been recognized by the guild.
In the television categories, the ADG recognized awards regulars "Modern Family," "Homeland," "Mad Men" and "Game Change," as well as newer shows like "Girls," "Newsroom" and "The New Normal."
The Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety or Unscripted Series category produced the strangest bedfellows of all, with episodes of the series "2 Broke Girls" and "How I Met Your Mother" going up against the Mick Jagger episode of "Saturday Night Live," "The Voice" and the Democratic National Convention.
The Art Directors Guild Awards will take place on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. At that ceremony, veteran production designer Herman Zimmerman will receive the ADG's Lifetime Achievement Award, while Preston Ames, Richard MacDonald and Edward S. Stephenson will be inducted into the guild's hall of fame. The production designers behind the James Bond franchise, Sir Ken Adam, Allan Cameron, Dennis Gassner and Peter Lamont, will receive an award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery.
NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2012:
Period Film ANNA KARENINA Production Designer: Sarah Greenwood ARGO Production Designer: Sharon Seymour DJANGO UNCHAINED Production Designer: J. Michael Riva LES MISERABLES Production Designer: Eve Stewart LINCOLN Production Designer: Rick Carter
Fantasy Film CLOUD ATLAS Production Designers: Uli Hanisch, Hugh Bateup LIFE OF PI Production Designer: David Gropman PROMETHEUS Production Designer: Arthur Max THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Production Designers: Nathan Crowley, Kevin Kavanaugh THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Production Designer: Dan Hannah
Contemporary Film FLIGHT Production Designer: Nelson Coates SKYFALL Production Designer: Dennis Gassner THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL Production Designer: Alan MacDonald THE IMPOSSIBLE Production Designer: Eugenio Caballero ZERO DARK THIRTY Production Designer: Jeremy Hindle
NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN IN TELEVISION FOR 2012:
One-Hour Single Camera Television Series BOARDWALK EMPIRE Episode: Resolution Production Designer: Bill Groom DOWNTON ABBEY Episode: Christmas Special Production Designer: Donal Woods GAME OF THRONES Episode: The Ghost of Harrenhal Production Designer: Gemma Jackson HOMELAND Episode: The Choice Production Designer: John D. Kretschmer NEWSROOM Episode: We Just Decided To Production Designer: Richard Hoover
Television Movie or Mini-Series AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM Episode: I Am Anne Frank, Part 2 Production Designer: Mark Worthington GAME CHANGE Production Designer: Michael Corenblith HATFIELDS and MCCOYS Production Designer: Derek R. Hill HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN Production Designer: Geoffrey Kirkland MOCKINGBIRD LANE Production Designer: Michael Wylie
Episode of a Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series COMMUNITY Episode: Pillows and Blankets Production Designer: Denise Pizzini GIRLS Episode: Pilot Production Designer: Judy Becker MODERN FAMILY Episode: Mistery Date Production Designer: Richard Berg PARKS & RECREATION Episode: Soda Tax Production Designer: Ian Phillips THE NEW NORMAL Episode: Sofa's Choice Production Designer: Tony Fanning
Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety, or Unscripted Series 2 BROKE GIRLS Episode: And The Silent Partner Production Designer: Glenda Rovello DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION Production Designer: Bruce Rodgers HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Episode: The Magicians Code Part 1 Production Designer: Stephan Olson SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Episode: Mick Jagger Host Production Designer: Keith Raywood THE VOICE Production Designer: Anton Goss, James Pearse Connelly
Awards, Music, or Game Shows 84th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS Production Designer: John Myhre GRAMMY NOMINATION CONCERT LIVE Episode: Countdown Production Designer: Matthew Russell SUPER BOWL XLVI Episode: Halftime Show Starring Madonna Production Designer: Bruce Rodgers THE 64th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS Production Designer: Steve Bass THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS Production Designer: Joe Stewart
Commercials and Music Videos BUDWEISER Episode: The Return of the King Production Designer: Jason Hamilton MACY'S Episode: Dream Production Designer: Carlos A. Menendez NIKE Episode: Fast is Faster Production Designer: Tino Schaedler NIKE+ Episode: Game On World Production Designer: James Chinlund X-BOX Episode: Halo 4 Commissioning Production Designer: Christopher Glass