2020/21 Art Directors Guild award nominations announced


Davide Marotta and Federico Ielappi in Pinocchio

There's always a bounty of brilliant production design, art direction and set decoration vying for award nominations at the end of each year (or, in this case, the beginning of the next year), so the first major group to announce its nominees is typically defined more by the movies that didn't make the cut than by those that did. As is the trend these days, the Art Directors Guild has focused on Best Picture Oscar contenders as widely as it could for its 2020/21 nominations, with buzzy titles such as Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Promising Young Woman and The Trial of the Chicago 7 making the cut. Missing are movies such as Emma, Hillbilly Elegy and The United States vs. Billie Holiday, though I'm pleased to note Charlie Kaufman's I'm Thinking of Ending Things has finally received some much-deserved support outside of the more highbrow critics groups, landing a nod here for production designer Molly Hughes' ace sets. Winners will be announced in the ADG's online ceremony on the 10th of April.


Achievement in Production Design - Period Film

Donald Graham Burt (Mank)

David Crank (News of the World)

Grant Major (Mulan)

Mark Ricker (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom)

Shane Valentino (The Trial of the Chicago 7)


Achievement in Production Design - Fantasy Film

K. K. Barrett (Birds of Prey: and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

Jim Bissell (The Midnight Sky)

Aline Bonetto (Wonder Woman 1984)

Dimitri Capuani (Pinocchio)

Nathan Crowley (Tenet)


Achievement in Production Design - Contemporary Film

Molly Hughes (I'm Thinking of Ending Things)

Jason Kisvarday (Palm Springs)

Michael T. Perry (Promising Young Woman)

Wynn Thomas (Da 5 Bloods)

Jamie Walker McCall (The Prom)


Achievement in Production Design - Animated Film

Noah Klocek (Onward)

Tomm Moore, Maria Pareja and Ross Stewart (Wolfwalkers)

Matt Perry (A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon)

Steve Pilcher (Soul)

Nate Wragg (The Croods: A New Age)

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