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Art Directors Guild Awards Honor 'Anna Karenina,' 'Life of Pi,' 'Skyfall,' Snub 'Lincoln' and 'Argo'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 3, 2013 at 2:47AM

The 17th annual Art Directors Guild Awards, presented at a lively if long ceremony at the Beverly Hilton, honored "Anna Karenina," "Life of Pi" and "Skyfall" in the period, fantasy and contemporary feature film categories, respectively.
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Keira Knightley in "Anna Karenina"
Keira Knightley in "Anna Karenina"

The 17th annual Art Directors Guild Awards, presented at a lively if long ceremony at the Beverly Hilton, honored "Anna Karenina," "Life of Pi" and "Skyfall" in the period, fantasy and contemporary feature film categories, respectively. (Full list of nominations here.)

Returning host Paula Poundstone found a joke for the night and stuck with it: Art directors wear unusual eye-glasses. “Apparently you can’t do this without an elaborate frame,” she quipped. She was also struck by the appropriately well-designed look of the Beverly Hilton’s ballroom, which boasted fringe hanging from the ceiling and a special side-stage for the live band. “The person who designed this room tonight will be up for next year’s ADG awards.”

Awarded in the half-hour TV series category was HBO’s “Girls.” Production designer Judy Becker said that when working on the show she was inspired by her own life in New York when she was a twentysomething, and said of creator Lena Dunham, “She’s the best.”

“Star Trek” and “Reading Rainbow” alum LeVar Burton awarded TV movie or mini-series to “American Horror Story: Asylum,” while John C. McGinley of “Scrubs” handed the hour-long TV series award to “Game of Thrones.”

The award for a period feature film beat out both "Lincoln" and "Argo": “Anna Karenina.” Production designer Sarah Greenwood thanked director Joe Wright for letting her be part of his “mad visions,” and admitted that “to be here in such illustrious company is quite daunting.”

'Life of Pi'
'Life of Pi'

Fantasy feature film went to “Life of Pi.” Production designer David Gropman brought his entire team on stage with him, and bowed to them before saying that “no designer works by himself.” He thanked director Ang Lee, who he called “the master of our ship.”

Gorgeous Jane Seymour was on hand to present the award for contemporary feature film. The former Bond girl’s presence proved appropriate, as “Skyfall” won in the category.

Earlier in the evening, Seymour presented the pre-announced Cinematic Imagery Award to Bond production designers Sir Ken Adam, Allen Cameron, Peter Lamont and Dennis Gassner. Lamont and Gassner were in attendance to accept the honor. Lamont has worked in some capacity -- starting as uncredited draftsman and working up to production designer -- on 18 Bond films. After “Casino Royale,” he passed the baton to Gassner, quipping, “What can I say? Quantum, Skyfall, money.” Gassner in turn said that his work on the last two 007 installments has been “the greatest privilege of my life.”

Not in attendance was Lifetime Achievement honoree Herman Zimmerman, who designed “Star Trek: Next Generation,” as well as six films in the Trek franchise. His video tribute was moving; Zimmerman said onscreen that he “never felt like [being a production designer] was a job. A lot of hours, but it was just too much fun.”

Complete list of winners:

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.