'Alias,' 'Titus' take TV series honors

See winners“Catch Me if You Can” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” took top film honors Saturday at the Art Directors Guild’s seventh annual Excellence in Production Design Awards Banquet at the Beverly Hilton.

“The Two Towers” took the prize for period or fantasy film, while “Catch Me if You Can” won for contemporary film.

Jeannine Oppewall, production designer of “Catch Me if You Can,” accepted the prize on behalf of her team, noting that the film “started out with 186 sets. We shot in 60 days in two countries, four metropolitan areas — most days it felt more like running a marathon than designing a film.”

“Alias” took the prize for single camera television series, with production designer Scott Chambliss marveling, “I can’t believe that anybody actually notices the background when Jennifer Garner is in the foreground. Thanks for noticing.”

Other television winners included “Titus” for multi-camera series, “Live From Baghdad” for movie or miniseries and the “Opening Ceremony Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games” for variety or awards show, music special or documentary.

The guild’s seventh lifetime achievement award was presented to Albert Brenner, five-time Academy Award nominee and production designer of 57 films including “The Goodbye Girl,” “The Sunshine Boys,” “Beaches” and “Pretty Woman.”

Brenner accepted the award, saying, “I’ve been very, very lucky. I’ve worked with some wonderful directors . . . and some wonderful decorators.”

Event was hosted by David Hyde Pierce.

And the winners are . . .

EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM

PERIOD OR FANTASY FILM

“The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”

CONTEMPORARY FILM

“Catch Me if You Can”

EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN IN TELEVISION

EPISODE OF A SINGLE CAMERA TELEVISION SERIES

“Alias” (“Cipher”)

EPISODE OF A MULTICAMERA TELEVISION SERIES

“Titus” (“Into Thin Air”)

TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES

“Live From Baghdad”

VARIETY OR AWARDS SHOW, MUSIC SPECIAL OR DOCUMENTARY

“Opening Ceremony Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games”

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