Honors were handed out at the 17th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 2, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, Calif. The evening was hosted by comedian Paula Poundstone. The ADG Awards honor the excellence in production design and are handed out to the production designer, art director and assistant art director for each winning team.
"Anna Karenina," "Life of Pi" and "Skyfall" were the winners in the film categories and "Game of Thrones," "American Horror Story: Asylum" and "Girls" took home the top prizes in the television categories.
Production Designer Herman Zimmerman ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Cheers") was set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award but was unable to accept the award due to an illness.
Hall of Fame inductees included E. Preston Ames ("Gigi"), Richard MacDonald ("Coming to America") and Edward Stephenson ("The Golden Girls"). Production Designers from the James Bond franchised, Sir Ken Adam, Peter Lamont, Allan Cameron and Dennis Gassner, were honored for Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery.
List of winners are as follows:
Winners for Excellence in Production Design for a Feature Film in 2012
Period Film: "Anna Karenina"
Fantasy Film: "Life of Pi"
Contemporary Film: "Skyfall"
Winners for Excellence in Production Design in Television for 2012
One-Hour Single Camera Television Series: "Game of Thrones"
Television Movie or Mini-Series: "American Horror Story: Asylum"
Episode of Half-Hour Single Camera Television Series: "Girls"
Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety or Unscripted Series: "Saturday Night Live"
Awards, Music or Game Shows: "84th Annual Academy Awards"
For all the Oscar watchers out there, the ADG does not single out one film in particular as many other guild award shows do, but in general, the period films have a better chance of taking home Oscar gold at the Academy Awards.
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com