Thursday, 5 January 2017


The strategizing intensifying year upon year in the Oscar race, we're now at a point wherein the year in film is not only poorly represented by end-of-year awards but entirely misrepresented. The Art Directors Guild nominations for 2016 put forth a selection of titles whose Oscar buzz has been calibrated smartly by studios intelligent enough to know that a guild award nod can advance a film's status and boost their revenue, whilst those titles absent though also vying for awards consideration go unrecognized by their contributors' guilds in the hope of carving out an alternative niche in the Oscar race. Winners will be announced on the 11th of February.

Excellence in Production Design - Period
Jess Gonchor (Hail, Caesar!)
David Gropman (Fences)
Santo Loquasto (Cafe Society)
Jean Rabasse (Jackie)
Barry Robison (Hacksaw Ridge)
Wynn Thomas (Hidden Figures)

Excellence in Production Design - Fantasy
Doug Chiang and Neil Lamont (Rogue One)
Stuart Craig (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
Guy Hendrix Dyas (Passengers)
Patrice Vermette (Arrival)
Charles Wood (Doctor Strange)

Excellence in Production Design - Contemporary
Ruth de Jong (Manchester by the Sea)
Tom Duffield (Hell or High Water)
Chris Kennedy (Lion)
Shane Valentino (Nocturnal Animals)
David Wasco (La La Land)