Art Directors Guild Awards: ‘Her’, ‘Gravity’, ‘The Great Gatsby’ Win Top Film Prizes; HBO Cleans Up On TV Side; Martin Scorsese Honored
2015 Art Directors Guild Awards Set For January 31
Her, Gravity and The Great Gatsby were the big winners on the film side at tonight’s ADG Awards at the Beverly Hilton. “I didn’t know if we were making a fantasy or a period film in the future,” Her production designer K.K. Barrett in accepting the award. “Spike Jonze told me, ‘Who are we to question what anybody else feels is real.’” Looking around the room, I believe in all your realities.”
Said production designer Andy Nicholson from the podium: “Gravity was an incredibly long and tough journey for my crew. None of this would’ve been possible without the artistic vision of Alfonso Cuaron.”
Martin Scorsese scored points in the room as he accepted the guild’s prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award, presented by his Wolf Of Wall Street stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. “How does one even separate cinema from PD? You can’t,” he said. “We have images in our mind, pictures in our head, but yours are the ones I look to to get those images on the screen. You’ve never let me down. This [award] is for you.”
HBO cleaned up on the TV side, with Game Of Thrones, Behind The Candelabra and Veep all picking up trophies during the 18th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards. The show was hosted by Owen Benjamin, a comic and regular on the TBS comedy Sullivan & Son.
Here is the complete list of winners. Read on for the recap of our live blog.
K.K. Barrett, Her
Andy Nicholson, Gravity
Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby
One-Hour Single Camera Television Series
Gemma Jackson, Game Of Thrones, Episode: “Valar Dohaeris”
Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series
Jim Gloster, Veep, Episode: “Helsinki”
Television Movie or Mini-Series
Howard Cummings, Behind The Candelabra
Awards, Music, or Game Shows
Steve Bass, The 67th Annual Tony Awards
Multi-Camera, Variety, or Unscripted Series
Tyler Robinson, Portlandia, Episode: “Missionaries”
Short Format, Live Action Series
Brian Kane, Battlestar Galactica: Blood And Chrome, Episode: “Pilot”
Commercial, PSA, Promo, and Music Video
Todd Cherniawsky, Call Of Duty: Ghosts, Episode: “Epic Night Out”
Cinematic Imagery Award
Lifetime Achievement Award
Hall of Fame Inductees
Robert Clatworthy, Harper Goff and J. Michael Riva
Here’s our live blog:
ADG Awards host Owen Benjamin is pacing backstage, getting ready to go on. He was telling a handler that he was excited to host and write jokes for such an artistic group as tonight’s.
A taped bit is being shown featuring Benjamin on a blind date and continually changing up the restaurant with the help of art directors. He goes from a trendy club to a rustic setting.
In the video, Benjamin says he has his own personal art department. He disses directors and actors and says art directors are the true magic behind all films. It’s getting lots of laughs from the audience.
Now the poor host’s date is walking off with an art director. “Man, I should’ve been an art director,” Benjamin says. “This comedy shit sucks.”
Now he’s onstage.
“Out of all the awards shows, this one’s important,” Benjamin says. “We’re here to honor the art department — give it up for the art department. Good production design can’t be noticed. They have to give you the details and make you believe the story.”