ADG Awards ‘Her’, ‘Gatsby’ & ‘Gravity’, USC Scripters to ’12 Years a Slave’


usc-art-directors-2014Over the weekend the Art Directors Guild (ADG) handed out their crop of awards for Best Production Design in Period, Contemporary and Fantasy film and the winners in their respective categories were Catherine Martin for The Great Gatsby, K.K. Barrett for Her and Andy Nicholson for Gravity.

All three winners are nominated for an Oscar (see the full list of nominees here) and after these results I’ve updated my predictions from 12 Years a Slave to Gatsby. See those predictions here.

Speaking of 12 Years a Slave, the USC Scripters Award was also handed out over the weekend and screenwriter John Ridley joined family members of nineteenth-century author Solomon Northup to receive the 26th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award for his adaptation of Northup’s memoir.

“Until I read Solomon’s memoir, I didn’t know what being a writer was all about,” Ridley said in his acceptance speech. “The way that Solomon wrote, the clarity with which he wrote, and more importantly, the strength of his character, what he went through without bitterness, without hate–that really taught me something,” Ridley said in his acceptance speech.

I have included the list of nominees for the Art Directors Guild Awards and the USC Scripters Award below with winners noted in bold red text. I’ve also updated the Oscar Overture with the ADG wins for Gatsby, Her and Gravity.

Art Directors Guild Nominees

Excellence in Production Design – Period Film

  • American Hustle (Judy Becker)
  • The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin)
  • Inside Llewyn Davis (Jess Gonchor)
  • Saving Mr. Banks (Michael Corenblith)
  • 12 Years a Slave (Adam Stockhausen)

Excellence in Production Design – Contemporary Film

  • August: Osage County (David Gropman)
  • Blue Jasmine (Santo Loquasto)
  • Captain Phillips (Paul Kirby)
  • Her (K.K. Barrett)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (Bob Shaw)

Excellence in Production Design – Fantasy Film

  • Elysium (Philip Ivey)
  • Gravity (Andy Nicholson)
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Dan Hennah)
  • Oblivion (Darrel Gilford)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness (Scott Chambliss)

USC Scripter Award Nominees

  • Captain Phillips – Billy Ray
  • Philomena – Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
  • The Spectacular Now – Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
  • 12 Years a Slave – John Ridley
  • What Maisie Knew – Carroll Cartwright and Nancy Doyne