Academy Award contenders “The Hurt Locker” and “Avatar” continued their winning ways at Saturday’s Art Directors Guild Awards where they took trophies for production design in contempo and fantasy feature categories respectively. “Sherlock Holmes,” Oscar-nommed for art direction, nabbed the kudo for period feature.
Warren Beatty, the recipient of the contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award, kept the BevHilton crowd laughing throughout his acceptance speech with his comparison of moviemaking to vomiting: “It builds up and it builds up and you think that there’s something in there that just got to come out … and at a certain point, boom, it just all comes out.”
Growing serious, he added, “Whether we want to admit it or not, we all know deep down in the 3 a.m. of our soul that good movies are made by a crew.”
Another crowd fave was Gene Wilder, who introduced friend and collaborator Terence Marsh, recipient of this year’s lifetime achievement award. Emmy Award-winning production designer and Art Directors Guild officer Michael Baugh accepted the guild’s Creative Leadership Award.
In the hourlong single-camera television series, “Mad Men” added one more ADG award to its pile, while “Weeds” won for half-hour show and “Hell’s Kitchen” the multi-camera series prize.
Other winners included Kalina Ivanov for HBO’s “Grey Gardens,” in the TV movie or miniseries category; Steve Bass for 2009’s Grammy Awards in the awards, music or game show category; and James Chinlund for “In and Absolut World” for commercials or musicvideo.
Emcee Paula Poundstone kept the audience in stitches, saluting “the greatest glasses frames” she had ever seen gathered in one room.