Art Directors Guild announces 2021 awards nominees


Hannah Love Jones, Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Candyman, Nia DaCosta, Art Directors Guild
Hannah Love Jones and Carl Clemons-Hopkins in Candyman

A busy day for awards at the head of a busy week for awards kicks off with the announcement of the Art Directors Guild's 2021 awards nominations. Despite being named for art directors, these awards honour production designers, the people in charge of overseeing a project's overall physical appearance, from concept art to set design. Glancing through this year's nominees, I'm quite pleased with their choices, with innovative work like Stefan Dechant's for The Tragedy of Macbeth and stylish stuff like Cara Brower's for Candyman joined by exquisitely detailed designs like Adam Stockhausen's for The French Dispatch and period-perfect work like Florencia Martin's for Licorice Pizza. Fans of Belfast and The Power of the Dog may be disappointed, however, as those two potential Oscar titans miss out here. Winners will be announced on the 5th of March.


Achievement in Production Design - Period Feature Film

THE FRENCH DISPATCH (Adam Stockhausen)

LICORICE PIZZA (Florencia Martin)

NIGHTMARE ALLEY (Tamara Deverell)

THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH (Stefan Dechant)

WEST SIDE STORY (Adam Stockhausen)


Achievement in Production Design - Fantasy Feature Film

CRUELLA (Fiona Crombie)

DUNE (Patrice Vermette)

GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE (Francois Audouy)

THE GREEN KNIGHT (Jade Healy)

SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS (Sue Chan)


Achievement in Production Design - Contemporary Feature Film

CANDYMAN (Cara Brower)

DON'T LOOK UP (Clayton Hartley)

IN THE HEIGHTS (Nelson Coates)

THE LOST DAUGHTER (Inbal Weinberg)

NO TIME TO DIE (Mark Tildesley)


Achievement in Production Design - Animated Feature Film

ENCANTO (Ian Gooding and Lorelay Bove)

LUCA (Daniela Strijleva)

THE MITCHELLS VS THE MACHINES (Lindsey Olivares)

RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON (Paul Felix, Ming Jue Helen Chen and Cory Loftis)

SING 2 (Oliver Adam)

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