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Shape of Water and Coco shine as Art Directors Guild Winners

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Earlier this week the Art Directors Guild announced the winners of its 22nd Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards. The awards span 11 categories of film, television, commercials, music videos and, for the first time, animation features. The event was held during a black-tie ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland. “Blade Runner 2049” (Dennis Gassner), “The Shape of Water” (Paul Denham Austerberry), “Coco” (Harley Jessup), and “Logan” (Francois Audouy), won Best Production Design for Feature Film. The Television winners included “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Julie Berghoff), “Portlandia” (Schuyler Telleen), “Will & Grace” (Glenda Rovella), “Black Mirror” (Joel Collins, Phil Sims), and “Game of Thrones” (Deborah Riley) “Glow” (Todd Fjelsted), and “Star Wars Battlefront II: Rivalry/PS4” (Jason Edmonds), respectively.

The awards took place before an audience of more than 1,000, including guild members, industry executives and press. ADG President Nelson Coates and Art Directors Council Chair Mark Worthington presided over the awards ceremony with comedian Jonathan Fernandez serving as host. Returning again as producers of this year’s ADG Awards were Production Designers Thomas Walsh and Thomas Wilkins. The guild debuted its new award category Excellence in Production Design for an Animated Film and Pixar’s “Coco” was the first recipient of this award.

Oscar-winning Production Designer Rick Carter (Avatar, StarWars: The Force Awakens) presented Kathleen Kennedy (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jurassic Park, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial) with the prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award following a filmed salute to the eight-time Academy Award-Nominee and President of Lucasfilm. The William Cameron Menzies Award honored Disney’s Oscar-nominated animation filmmakers Ron Clements and John Musker (Moana, Hercules, Aladdin) and was presented by Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls, The Princess and The Frog), who thrilled the audience with her vocal performance of The Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World.”

Additional presenters for this year’s awards included Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), Will Arnett (Arrested Development), Lou Diamond Phillips (Longmire), Kate Burton (Scandal) and Katee Sackoff (Battlestar Gallactica), Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsons); Catherine O’Hara (Home Alone), and Rian Johnson Director, Star Wars: The Last Jedi).

EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM

PERIOD FILM
THE SHAPE OF WATER: Production Designer: PAUL DENHAM AUSTERBERRY

FANTASY FILM
BLADE RUNNER 2049: Production Designer: DENNIS GASSNER

CONTEMPORARY FILM
LOGAN: Production Designer: FRANÇOIS AUDOUY

ANIMATED FILM
COCO: Production Designer: HARLEY JESSUP

EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR TELEVISION

One-Hour Period or Fantasy Single-Camera Series
GAME OF THRONES: “Dragonstone,” “The Queen`s Justice,” “Eastwatch”
Production Designer: DEBORAH RILEY

One-Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Series
THE HANDMAID’S TALE: “Pilot, Offred,” “Birth Day,” “Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum”
Production Designer: JULIE BERGHOFF

Television Movie or LIMITED Series
BLACK MIRROR: “USS Callister”
Production Designers: JOEL COLLINS, PHIL SIMS

Half Hour Single-Camera Series
GLOW: “Pilot,” “The Wrath of Kuntar,” “The Dusty Spur”
Production Designer: TODD FJELSTED

MULTI-CAMERA Series
WILL & GRACE: “Eleven Years Later,” “A Gay Olde Christmas”
Production Designer: GLENDA ROVELLO

Short Format: Web Series, Music Video or Commercial
STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II: “Rivalry / PS4”
Production Designer: JASON EDMONDS

Variety or Competition Series/AWARDS OR EVENT SPECIAL
PORTLANDIA: “Portland Secedes,” “Ants,” “Fred`s Cell Phone Company”
Production Designer: SCHUYLER TELLEEN