Art Directors honored in Los Angeles

“There Will Be Blood” and “No Country for Old Men” benefited from their distinct Western looks at Saturday’s 12th annual Art Directors Guild Awards, nabbing awards for production design in a period and contemporary feature, respectively.

“The Golden Compass” — the fantasy feature category’s only pic Oscar-nominated for art direction — edged out its competition for the guild’s third film prize.

Voters went mad for AMC’s early ‘60s-set skein “Mad Men” and for Fox’s “Mad TV,” which won in the single and multicamera series categories, respectively.

“Being recognized by your peers is the greatest honor you can get,” said “Mad TV” production designer John Sabato.

The production design of HBO’s “PU 239” won in the TV movie/miniseries category, while Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” fried the kudocast-heavy competition in the variety/nonfiction field.

Production designer Jeremy Reed won his second honor from the guild in three years for his Budweiser commercial “Space Station.”

Stop-motion animation pioneer Ray Harryhausen was honored for contribution to cinematic imagery. He was introduced and lauded by another famous Ray — close friend and author Ray Bradbury.

“I weep with joy when I see what he did over the years,” Bradbury said after viewing a montage of Harryhausen highlights from pics that included “Jason and the Argonauts” and “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.”

“I never thought working in my garage making fairytales for children would lead to this,” Harryhausen said, and the effects guru speculated that his “4-D” animation style may be more beloved than today’s computer wizardry, eliciting approving applause from the audience.

Lifetime achievement winner Stuart Craig (“Gandhi”) also earned the crowd’s praise. He noted artistic regrets over the decades, but said he was “failing better these days.” His nommed fantasy work on the latest “Harry Potter,” however, lost shortly thereafter to “Compass.”

Harry Shearer emceed the two-hour-plus ceremony, which followed a dinner at the BevHilton.

WINNERS:

EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2007:

Period Film
”There Will Be Blood”
Jack Fisk

Fantasy Film
”The Golden Compass”
Dennis Gassner

Contemporary Film
”No Country for Old Men”
Jess Gonchor

EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN IN TELEVISION FOR 2007:

Single Camera Television Series
”Mad Men” – Episode 9 “Shoot”

Dan Bishop

Multi-Camera Television Series
”MadTV” – Episode 1221 “Mad TV”
John Sabato

Television Movie or Mini-Series
”PU-239”
Tom Meyer

Awards Show, Variety, Music, or Non- Fiction Program”Hell’s Kitchen” – Episode 301
John R. Janavs

EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR COMMERCIALS FOR 2007Budweiser – Title: “Space Station”
Jeremy Reed

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