The Art Directors Guild announced the nominations for its 26th Excellence in Production Design Awards in motion pictures, television, commercial and music video categories. For the purposes of this movie-themed blog, we will be taking a look specifically at the categories involving art direction in feature film.

If you’re doing research for your Oscars 2022 predictions, then you might be interested to learn that over the past five years, the winner of the ADG’s period film prize has gone on to win the Oscar for production design three times: in 2018 for The Shape of Water, in 2020 for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and in 2021 for Mank. The production design Oscar went to the winner of the fantasy category in 2019, for Black Panther. And in 2017, La La Land picked up the ADG award for a contemporary film on the way to winning the Oscar for production design.

A live-in person ceremony is scheduled to be held March 5 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel. Now let’s check out the list of nominees:

PERIOD FEATURE FILM

The French Dispatch Production Designer: Adam Stockhausen

Licorice Pizza Production Designer: Florencia Martin 

Nightmare Alley Production Designer: Tamara Deverell 

The Tragedy of Macbeth Production Designer: Stefan Dechant

West Side Story Production Designer: Adam Stockhausen

FANTASY FEATURE FILM

Cruella Production Designer: Fiona Crombie

Dune Production Designer: Patrice Vermette

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Production Designer: François Audouy 

The Green Knight Production Designer: Jade Healy 

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Production Designer: Sue Chan

CONTEMPORARY FEATURE FILM 

Candyman Production Designer: Cara Brower

Don’t Look Up Production Designer: Clayton Hartley

In the Heights Production Designer: Nelson Coates

The Lost Daughter Production Designer: Inbal Weinberg

No Time to Die Production Designer: Mark Tildesley

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Encanto Production Designers: Ian Gooding, Lorelay Bové

Luca Production Designer: Daniela Strijleva

The Mitchells vs. the Machines Production Designer: Lindsey Olivares

Raya and the Last Dragon Production Designers: Paul Felix, Mingjue Helen Chen, Cory Loftis

Sing 2 Art Director: Olivier Adam


What do you make of this year’s nominees for the Art Directors Guild Awards? Which films do you want to win and which films do you think will win? Are there any particular movies that the guild overlooked that you personally would have nominated? Sound off in the comments below and let us and the rest of the movie loving world know your thoughts!

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