Art Directors Guild Nominates 'Anna Karenina' and 'Lincoln,' Ignores 'Moonrise Kingdom' and 'The Master'

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Art Directors Nominate 'Karenina,' 'Lincoln,' Ignore 'Moonrise Kingdom'

"Anna Karenina," "Lincoln," "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained" are among the films nominated for the top honors in the Art Directors Guild's 2012 Excellence in Production Design Awards, the ADG announced on Wednesday night.

Other nominees include "Argo" in the Period Film category, "Cloud Atlas," "Life of Pi," "The Hobbit," "Prometheus" and "The Dark Knight Rises" in the Fantasy Film category, and "Flight," "Skyfall," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "The Impossible" and "Zero Dark Thirty" in the Contemporary Film category.

Significant omissions include the meticulously designed "Moonrise Kingdom," the detailed period recreations of "The Master" and the purposefully chaotic junkiness of "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

One notable nomination went to "Django Unchained" production designer J. Michael Riva, who was in New Orleans working on the Quentin Tarantino film at the time of his death in June.

The ADG separates its movie awards into Period Film, Fantasy Film and Contemporary Film categories. The division allows it to salute a broad range of films, from likely Oscar nominees to real longshots.

Typically, Oscar voters make most of their picks from the ADG's period category – although last year, even with 15 ADG nominees to choose from, two of the Academy's five nominees hadn't been recognized by the guild.

In the television categories, the ADG recognized awards regulars "Modern Family," "Homeland," "Mad Men" and "Game Change," as well as newer shows like "Girls," "Newsroom" and "The New Normal."

The Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety or Unscripted Series category produced the strangest bedfellows of all, with episodes of the series "2 Broke Girls" and "How I Met Your Mother" going up against the Mick Jagger episode of "Saturday Night Live," "The Voice" and the Democratic National Convention.

The Art Directors Guild Awards will take place on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. At that ceremony, veteran production designer Herman Zimmerman will receive the ADG's Lifetime Achievement Award, while Preston Ames, Richard MacDonald and Edward S. Stephenson will be inducted into the guild's hall of fame. The production designers behind the James Bond franchise, Sir Ken Adam, Allan Cameron, Dennis Gassner and Peter Lamont, will receive an award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery.

The nominees:

NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2012:

Period Film ANNA KARENINA                                                            Production Designer:  Sarah Greenwood ARGO                                                                                    Production Designer:  Sharon Seymour DJANGO UNCHAINED                                                  Production Designer:  J. Michael Riva LES MISERABLES                                                            Production Designer:  Eve Stewart LINCOLN                                                                        Production Designer:  Rick Carter

Fantasy Film CLOUD ATLAS                                                           Production Designers:  Uli Hanisch, Hugh Bateup LIFE OF PI                                                                        Production Designer:  David Gropman PROMETHEUS                                                            Production Designer:  Arthur Max THE DARK KNIGHT RISES                                                Production Designers:  Nathan Crowley, Kevin Kavanaugh THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY            Production Designer:  Dan Hannah

Contemporary Film FLIGHT                                                                        Production Designer:  Nelson Coates SKYFALL                                                                       Production Designer:  Dennis Gassner THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL            Production Designer:  Alan MacDonald THE IMPOSSIBLE                                                           Production Designer:  Eugenio Caballero ZERO DARK THIRTY                                                Production Designer:  Jeremy Hindle

NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN IN TELEVISION FOR 2012:

One-Hour Single Camera Television Series BOARDWALK EMPIRE Episode:  Resolution                                    Production Designer: Bill Groom DOWNTON ABBEY Episode:  Christmas Special                        Production Designer: Donal Woods GAME OF THRONES Episode:  The Ghost of Harrenhal                        Production Designer: Gemma Jackson           HOMELAND Episode:  The Choice                                    Production Designer: John D. Kretschmer NEWSROOM Episode:  We Just Decided To                        Production Designer: Richard Hoover

Television Movie or Mini-Series AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM           Episode: I Am Anne Frank, Part 2                        Production Designer:  Mark Worthington GAME CHANGE                                                           Production Designer:  Michael Corenblith  HATFIELDS and MCCOYS                                                                                       Production Designer:  Derek R. Hill                      HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN                                    Production Designer:  Geoffrey Kirkland MOCKINGBIRD LANE                                                Production Designer:  Michael Wylie

Episode of a Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series COMMUNITY Episode:  Pillows and Blankets                       Production Designer:  Denise Pizzini           GIRLS Episode:  Pilot                                                Production Designer:  Judy Becker MODERN FAMILY Episode:  Mistery Date                                   Production Designer:  Richard Berg PARKS & RECREATION Episode:  Soda Tax                                                Production Designer:  Ian Phillips THE NEW NORMAL Episode:  Sofa's Choice                                    Production Designer:  Tony Fanning

Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety, or Unscripted Series 2 BROKE GIRLS Episode:  And The Silent Partner                        Production Designer:  Glenda Rovello DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION           Production Designer:  Bruce Rodgers HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Episode:  The Magicians Code Part 1            Production Designer:  Stephan Olson SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Episode:  Mick Jagger Host                        Production Designer:  Keith Raywood THE VOICE                                                                        Production Designer:  Anton Goss, James Pearse Connelly           

Awards, Music, or Game Shows 84th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS                        Production Designer:  John Myhre GRAMMY NOMINATION CONCERT LIVE             Episode: Countdown                                    Production Designer:  Matthew Russell   SUPER BOWL XLVI                                               Episode: Halftime Show Starring  Madonna                    Production Designer:  Bruce Rodgers THE 64th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY  AWARDS                      Production Designer:  Steve Bass                     THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS                         Production Designer:  Joe Stewart

Commercials and Music Videos BUDWEISER Episode: The Return of the King                        Production Designer:  Jason Hamilton MACY'S Episode:  Dream                                                Production Designer:  Carlos A. Menendez NIKE Episode:  Fast is Faster                                    Production Designer:  Tino Schaedler NIKE+ Episode:  Game On World                                    Production Designer:  James Chinlund X-BOX Episode:  Halo 4 Commissioning                        Production Designer:  Christopher Glass

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