2012 Art Directors Guild Award Nominees Include HUGO, HARRY POTTER, DRIVE, and GAME OF THRONES

     January 3, 2012


I like to see the guild awards, because the specificity allows for nominees that you won’t see on more general lists.  The Art Directors Guild is especially interesting because they separate the films into three categories: period, fantasy, and contemporary.  The 15 nominees highlight everything from Oscar favorites Hugo and The Artist, to crowd-pleasers Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and Captain America, to poorly received films like Cowboys & Aliens and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.  There’s a similar contrast in the TV nominees between the classy HBO programs you’d expect (Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, and Mildred Pierce) and the critical punching bags American Horror Story and The Playboy Club.  The full list of nominees is after the break.

Not totally sure why “TBD” is listed next to The Adventures of Tintin.  The nominations are for “Excellence in Production Design,” and there is indeed no specific credit for production design on IMDB.  Andrew L. Jones and Jeff Wisniewski are credited with the art direction.

The winners for the ADG’s 16th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards will be announced on February 4.


Period Filmthe-artist-movie-poster

  • THE ARTIST, Production Designer: Laurence Bennett
  • HUGO, Production Designer: Dante Ferretti
  • THE HELP, Production Designer: Mark Ricker
  • ANONYMOUS, Production Designer: Sebastian Krawinkel
  • TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, Production Designer: Maria Djurkovic

Fantasy Film

  • HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2, Production Designer: Stuart Craig
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, Production Designer: Rick Heinrichs
  • PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, Production Designer: John Myhre
  • COWBOYS & ALIENS, Production Designer: Scott Chambliss

Contemporary Film

  • THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Production Designer: Donald Graham Burt
  • THE DESCENDANTS, Production Designer: Jane Anne Stewart
  • EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE, Production Designer: K.K. Barrett
  • DRIVE, Production Designer: Beth Mickle
  • BRIDESMAIDS, Production Designer: Jefferson Sage


One-Hour Single Camera Television Seriesamerican-horror-story-poster-undated

  • BOARDWALK EMPIRE, Episode: 21, Production Designer: Bill Groom
  • GAME OF THRONES, Episode: A Golden Crown, Production Designer: Gemma Jackson
  • AMERICAN HORROR STORY, Episode: Murder House, Production Designer: Mark Worthington
  • THE PLAYBOY CLUB, Episode: The Scarlet Bunny, Production Designer: Scott P. Murphy
  • PAN AM, Episode: Pilot, Production Designer: Bob Shaw

Television Movie or Mini-Series

  • MILDRED PIERCE, Production Designer: Mark Friedberg
  • CINEMA VERITE, Production Designer: Patti Podesta
  • TOO BIG TO FAIL, Production Designer: Bob Shaw
  • THE HOUR, Production Designer: Eve Stewart
  • BLING RING, Production Designer: Robb Wilson King

Episode of a Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series

  • MODERN FAMILY, Episode: Express Christmas, Production Designer: Richard Berg
  • 30 ROCK, Episode: Double-Edged Sword, Production Designer: Keith Ian Raywood Teresa Mastropierro
  • WEEDS, Episode: Game-Played, Production Designer: Joseph P. Lucky
  • CALIFORNICATION, Episode: Monkey Business, Production Designer: Michael Wylie
  • NEW GIRL, Episode: Pilot, Production Designer: Jefferson D. Sage

Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety, or Unscripted Seriesneil_patrick_harris_how_i_met_your_mother_girls_vs_suits_image

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, Episode: Host Justin Timberlake, Production Designer: Keith Ian Raywood, Eugene And Musical Guest – Lady Gaga Lee, Leo Yoshimura, N. Joseph De Tullio
  • HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, Episode: Ducky Tie, Production Designer: Stephan Olson
  • 2 BROKE GIRLS, Episode: And The Rich Peoples, Production Designer: Glenda Rovello
  • AMERICAN IDOL, Episode: Top 12 Boys Perform, Production Designer: James Yarnell
  • DANCING WITH THE STARS, Episode: Round One, Production Designer: James Yarnell

Awards, Music, or Game Shows

  • 83rd ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS, Production Designer: Steve Bass
  • 68th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBES, Production Designer: Brian Stonestreet
  • 2011 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS, Production Designer: Florian Wieder
  • 63rd ANNUAL EMMY AWARDS, Production Designer: Steve Bass
  • IT’S WORTH WHAT?, Best Buds, Production Designer: John Ivo Gilles


  • ACTIVISION: CALL OF DUTY, Episode: Modern Warfare 3, Production Designer: Neil Spisak
  • VICTORIA’S SECRET, Episode: Red, Production Designer: Jeffrey Beecroft
  • AUDI A8, Episode: The Art of Progress, Production Designer: Marcos Lutyens
  • CHEVY VOLT, Episode: Discovery, Production Designer: Jeremy Reed
  • JIM BEAM, Episode: Parallels, Production Designer: Christopher Glass
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