“Wild” finally got top awards love Saturday night, taking home the honor for outstanding locations in a contemporary film at the second annual Location Managers Guild of America Awards. The Reese Witherspoon starrer (pictured) was shot mostly in Oregon and along parts of the Pacific Crest Trail, with Nancy Haecker as location manager.
The trophy for outstanding locations in a period film went to “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which achieved its authentic look by filming in Germany and Poland. Location manager Klaus Darrelmann took the prize.
Two HBO series, “True Detective” and “Boardwalk Empire,” were awarded the top honors in television, with “Detective” winning for contemporary series and “Boardwalk” for period series.
The TV prizes went to location pros Batou Chandler, and to Amanda Burbank and Audra Gorman, respectively.
Other winners included Coca-Cola spot “America Is Beautiful” for outstanding locations in a single commercial (Jimmy Ayoub, Cyndy McCrossen, Peter Orth, Stephen Pherigo), and Ram Trucks for outstanding locations in a commercial campaign (David McKinney and Peter Orth).
The City of Long Beach Office of Special Events and Filming won the prize for outstanding film commission.
LMGA set up the awards last year to recognize the creative contributions of location professionals in seven categories of film, television and commercials. This year’s event took place at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
LMGA president Nancy Haecker presided over the ceremony, with location manager David Doumeng serving as host and the Troubadour Theater Company performing.
Actress Alfre Woodard presented the Humanitarian Award to producer Caroline Baron, founder of FilmAid International.
Actors Debbie Allen and Ted Lange handed out the Lifetime Achievement Award to veteran location manager Kokayi Ampah, who has collaborated with such directors as Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg.
Location scout Marino Pascal, creator of Localist, the archival forum for location professionals, received the Trailblazer Award from Steve Dayan, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters 399. Additional presenters included actor Tony Denison, AFCI executive director Kevin Clark, location historian Harry Medved and writer-director James Manera.