'Star Wars,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Among Art Directors Guild Award Nominees

'Bridge of Spies,' 'The Danish Girl' and 'The Martian' are also nominated.
Carolyn Giardina
January 5, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mad Max: Fury Road, Bridge of Spies and The Martian are among the nominees for the Art Directors Guild's 20th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards, which will be presented Jan. 31 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

The guild recognizes work in feature film in three categories: period, fantasy and contemporary.

Nominees in the category for period films include Bridge of Spies (whose production designer, Adam Stockhausen, won an Oscar last year for The Grand Budapest Hotel), Crimson Peak, Danish Girl, The Revenantand Trumbo.

The fantasy film nominees are Cinderella, Jurassic World, Fury Road, The Force Awakens and Tomorrowland. And in the contemporary film category, the ADG nominated Ex Machina, Joy, Martian, Sicario and Spectre.

Absent from the nominees list are period dramas Carol and Brooklyn.

Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and the finale of Mad Men are among the TV nominees. As the result of a tie, the category for a variety, reality or competition series has six nominees: Conan, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Key & Peele, Saturday Night Live, Top Chef and The Voice.

The complete list of nominees follows:


Period Film

Bridge of Spies — Production designer: Adam Stockhausen

Crimson Peak — Production designer: Thomas E. Sanders

The Danish Girl — Production designer: Eve Stewart

The Revenant — Production designer: Jack Fisk

Trumbo — Production designer: Mark Ricker

Fantasy Film

Cinderella — Production designer: Dante Ferretti

Jurassic World — Production designer: Edward Verreaux

Mad Max: Fury Road — Production designer: Colin Gibson

Star Wars: The Force Awakens — Production designers: Rick Carter, Darren Gilford

Tomorrowland — Production designer: Scott Chambliss

Contemporary Film

Ex Machina — Production designer: Mark Digby

Joy — Production designer: Judy Becker 

The Martian — Production designer: Arthur Max

Sicario — Production designer: Patrice Vermette

Spectre — Production designer: Dennis Gassner


One-Hour Period or Fantasy Single-Camera Series

Downton Abbey: "A Moorland Holiday" — Production designer: Donal Woods

Game of Thrones: "High Sparrow," "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken," "Hardhome" — Production designer: Deborah Riley

Gotham: "Strike Force," "Dammed If You Do…" — Production designer: Richard Berg

The Knick: "Ten Knots," "The Best With the Best to Get the Best," "Wonderful Surprises" — Production designer: Howard Cummings

Mad Men: "Person to Person" — Production designer: Dan Bishop

One-Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Series

Better Call Saul: "Five-O," "Rico," "Marco" — Production designer: Tony Fanning

Empire: "Pilot" — Production designer: Steve Saklad

Homeland: "The Tradition of Hospitality," "All about Allison," "The Litvinov Ruse" — Production designer: John D. Kretschmer

House of Cards: "Chapter 29," "Chapter 36" — Production designer: Steve Arnold

True Detective: "The Western Book of the Dead," "Night Finds You," "Omega Station" — Production designer: Alex Digerlando

Television Movie or Limited Series

American Horror Story: Hotel: "Checking In" — Production designer: Mark Worthington

Bessie — Production designer: Clark Hunter

Fargo: "Waiting for Dutch," "Before the Law," "Fear and Trembling" — Production designer: Warren Alan Young

Tut: "Power," "Betrayal," "Destiny" — Production designer: Michael Hanan

Wolf Hall: "Three Card Trick" — Production designer: Pat Campbell

Half Hour Single-Camera Series

The Last Man on Earth: "Alive in Tucson," "Is Anybody out There?," "Silent Night" — Production designer: Bruce Robert Hill

The Muppets: "The Ex-Factor," "Pig's in a Blanket" — Production designer: Denise Pizzini

Silicon Valley: "Sand Hill Shuffle," "Homicide," "Adult Content" — Production designer: Richard Toyon

Transparent: "Kina Hora," "The Book of Life," "Oscillate" — Production designer: Cat Smith

Veep: "Joint Session," "Election Night" — Production designer: James Gloster

Multi-Camera Series

2 Broke Girls: "And the Escape Room," "And the Maybe Baby," "And the Coming out Party" — Production designer: Glenda Rovello

The Big Bang Theory: "The Skywalker Incursion," "The Mystery Date Observation," "The Platonic Permutation" — Production designer: John Shaffner

Clipped: "Dreamers," "Wi-Fi," "World's Rudest Barbershop" — Production designer: Greg Grande

Mom: "Mashed Potatoes and a Little Nitrous," "Six Popes and Red Ferrari,""Fun Girl Stuff and Eternal Salvation" — Production designer: John Shaffner

Truth Be Told: "Pilot," "Big Black Coffee," "Members Only" — Production designer: Stephan Olson

Awards or Event Special

67th Annual Emmy Awards — Production designers: Tamlyn Wright, Baz Halpin

The American Music Awards: 2015 — Production designers: Joe Stewart, John Shaffner

The Oscars: 2015 — Production designer: Derek Mclane

Saturday Night Live: "40th Anniversary Special"  — Production designers: Keith Ian Raywood, Eugene Lee, Akira Yoshimura, N. Joseph Detullio, Peter Baran

The Wiz Live — Production designer: Derek Mclane

Short Format: Web Series, Music Video or Commercial

American Horror Story: Hotel: "Hallways" — Production designer: Zach Mathews

Apple Music: "The History of Sound" — Production designer: Jess Gonchor

Duracell — Star Wars: "Battle for Christmas Morning" — Production designer: Tom Meyer

Madonna: "Ghosttown" — Production designer: Emma Fairley

Victoria's Secret: "Rome" — Production designer: Jeffrey Beecroft

Variety, Reality or Competition Series

Conan: "At Comic-Con" — Production designer: Christopher Goumas

The Ellen DeGeneres Show: "Halloween" — Production designer: Scott Moses

Key & Peele: "Ya'll Ready for This?" "The End" — Production designer: Gary Kordan

Saturday Night Live: "Tracey Morgan/Demi Lovato," "Scarlett Johansson/Wiz Khalifa," "Miley Cyrus" — Production designers: Keith Ian Raywood, Eugene Lee, Akira Yoshimura, N. Joseph Detullio

Top Chef: "Stop the Presses" — Production designer: James Pearse Connelly

The Voice Season 9: "Blind Auditions Premiere," "Battles Premiere," "The Knockouts Premiere" — Production designers: Anton Goss, James Pearse Connelly