“Moulin Rouge’s” Catherine Martin took the top kudos for excellence in production design for a period/fantasy feature at the Art Directors Guild’s sixth annual awards gala, held Saturday night.
Martin, who’s nominated for Academy Awards in both art direction and costume design, credited “Moulin” director and real-life partner Baz Luhrmann for much of her inspiration: “If it wasn’t for his vision and his tireless pushing of the film medium, this wouldn’t have been possible. I think he’s more interested in production design than I am. Here’s to Baz.”
The award, bestowed on the entire production design team, capped off an evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel that saw Aline Bonetto top the list artists who worked in contemporary film for “Amelie.” The guild, unlike the Academy, divides its feature film kudos into two categories.
Also among the winners: Marcia Hinds of “Six Feet Under” in the single-camera TV series category; Glenda Rovello of “Will and Grace” for multi-camera TV series; William Creber of “The Last Brickmaker in America” for TV movie or miniseries; and Roy Christopher, the production designer for the 73rd Annual Academy Awards, for variety or awards show, music special or documentary.
Director Frank Oz (“Little Shop of Horrors,” “Bowfinger”) accepted the Cinematic Imagery Award from ADG president Jack De Govia, while legendary production designer Ken Adam was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from helmer Martha Coolidge. Adam, a two-time Oscar winner (“Barry Lyndon,” “The Madness of King George”) who was born in Berlin and bred in the U.K., is the mastermind behind the look of such films as “Dr. Strangelove” and the classic James Bond movies. He told the 650-strong gathering that “as the first non-American member of this guild to be honored, I consider this a great privilege.”