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Art Directors honor production designers

'Speech,' 'Inception,' 'Swan' get top kudos

“The King’s Speech,” “Inception” and “Black Swan” all received top honors for production design at the Art Directors Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday evening.

ADG bestows awards to features in three categories.

“The King’s Speech” and production designer Eve Stewart won in the period film category, besting “True Grit,” “Shutter Island,” “Robin Hood” and “Get Low.”

The fantasy film field was led by “Inception” and production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas. Pic pulled ahead of “Alice in Wonderland,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, “Tron: Legacy” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”

“Black Swan” and production designer Therese DePrez copped the trophy in the contemporary film category, beating “The Social Network,” “The Fighter,” “The Town” and “127 Hours.”

Host Paula Poundstone kept the proceedings lively with the same caustic, audience-baiting humor she brought to the event last year.

In television, kudos went to Lifetime movie “Secrets in the Walls,” ABC’s “Modern Family,” NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” (which won for the first time after 36 years of broadcasts) and the “82nd annual Academy Awards” telecast.

The Dos Equis spot “Ice Fishing” won in the commercial/music video category.

David Lynch introduced ADG lifetime achievement honoree Patricia Norris, who was his production designer on such projects as “Blue Velvet” and “Twin Peaks.”

“You’re always directing,” Norris told Lynch after he tried to adjust the trophy in front of her as she was about to start her speech.

Vfx artists Bill Taylor and Syd Dutton received ADG’s Cinematic Imagery Award. The duo co-founded Illusion Arts, which recently ended a 26-year run that encompassed nearly 200 films

Three pioneering production designers — Alexander Golitizen, Albert Heschong and Eugene Lourie — were inducted posthumously into ADG’s Hall of Fame. Their combined opus includes such classic works as “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Playhouse 90” and “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.”

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