Saturday night was a big night for handing out awards. Along with the DGA, the Annies and the Art Directors Guild (ADG) handed out their own best of the year honors. The ADG hands out prizes to films in three separate categories: period, fantasy, and contemporary. It wasn’t much of a surprise to see the Oscar frontrunner for this category (now retitled “Production Design”) come out on top in the Period category, as Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer won for their work on Anna Karenina.
Karenina’s biggest threat to lose the Oscar might come in the form of David Gropman, who won the ADG for Fantasy Film with Life of Pi. Pi has 11 Oscar nominations to back up the fact that it will be a strong contender in every field it is in.
Skyfall took home the ADG for Contemporary Film, but it is out of play come Oscar time. Lincoln, Les Miserables, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey round out the field for the Academy Award.
Best Art Direction for a Fantasy Film:
David Gropman for Life of Pi
Best Art Direction for a Period Film:
Sarah Greenwood, Anna Karenina
Best Art Direction for a Contemporary Film:
Dennis Gassner, Skyfall
Best Art Direction for a TV Mini-Series:
Mark Worthington, American Horror Story