Art Directors Guild Nominees

Posted by · 9:47 am · January 9th, 2009

The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonPeriod Films
“Changeling”
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Doubt”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Milk”

Fantasy Films
“The Dark Knight”
“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
“Iron Man”
“The Spiderwick Chronicles”
“WALL-E”

Contemporary Films
“Burn After Reading”
“Gran Torino”
“Quantum of Solace”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“The Wrestler”

Alright, so more surprising guild love for “The Wrestler.”  Very interesting.  But I’m rather shocked at the “Hellboy II” Snub in fantasy.  On the whole, though, does this clear anything up in this category?  I’ve been confused all year long.

I’d say “Button,” “Skull” and “Slumdog” for the wins.




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  • 1 1-09-2009 at 10:44 am

    JAB said...

    I’ve actually been thinking about Wrestler’s chances in Art Direction, i could see it getting a nomination. I’m surprised by the lack of Revolutionary Road.
    Period: Benjamin Button
    Fantasy: Dark Knight
    Contemporary: Slumdog Millionaire

  • 2 1-09-2009 at 12:12 pm

    michael mckay said...

    I agree with JAB…

  • 3 1-09-2009 at 12:15 pm

    mike said...

    I agree with you Kris, where is Hellboy 2?

  • 4 1-09-2009 at 12:57 pm

    N8 said...

    Hellboy 2 isn’t the only notable snub. Where’s Synecdoche, New York? Or Revolutionary Road, or Australia, or The Duchess, or Defiance?

  • 5 1-09-2009 at 2:09 pm

    Mark in Orlando said...

    I just want to know how, with a straight face, you can have Defiance in this and five other categories? It has a 51% on Rotten Tomatoes and you have it getting two fewer nominations than Dark Knight. Sorry, but the only chance I see it having is Music and as more and more lists come out without it there I doubt it gets that. I’ll be quite surprised if it’s nominated for anything.

  • 6 1-09-2009 at 2:22 pm

    JAB said...

    I think Defiance was really hurt by it’s extremely limited 08 release, I mean it was literally only in 1 theater in NYC and 1 in LA, right?

  • 7 1-09-2009 at 2:46 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Mark: It’s been two weeks since I updated my predictions because I’ve been specifically waiting for the guilds to announce before I really dug into the techs (which have largely gone un-updated for much longer). Until this week, any of the nominations I have it listed for were more than plausible.

    So…chill out, bro.

  • 8 1-09-2009 at 3:05 pm

    Mark in Orlando said...

    It’s release may have hurt, but what hurt more is the fact it sucks. It’s done by a director with a spotty record at best starring an actor not known for his thespian chops about one of the few stories involving the most filmed time period in motion picture history. It never had a shot.

  • 9 1-09-2009 at 3:08 pm

    Mark in Orlando said...

    No need to suggest the chill. I’m just stunned that you included it for Art Direction. The sets are mostly forest. Both sound categories were plausible, but film editing; highly unlikely. I’ve never had it with more than one.

  • 10 1-09-2009 at 3:18 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    That chart (art direction) has hardly been altered for months now and Zwick’s films have surprised in that regard before.

    By the way, “Blood Diamond” getting an editing nomination was “highly unlikely” as well. Steven Rosenblum is a big time respected vet amongst his peers. When you know how this works, you understand the cronyism that comes into play. That’s all I can tell you.

    And all that having been said, I think the guild circuit has shown a level of disapproval of the film that will most certainly be reflected in my next set of charts on Monday. But the lateness of the film could affect Oscar nods differently than it did the guilds. It’s certainly happened before (“Letters from Iwo Jima,” for instance).

    I’ll likely change its tally to reflect just score and maybe cinematography (since I think it has a decent shot there still). Sound may stick around as well, or maybe not. I have a hard time expecting a “Quantum of Solace” nod.

  • 11 1-09-2009 at 9:33 pm

    Mr. Harmonica said...

    Hm. City of Ember is already totally forgotten.

    Wasn’t a great movie, but the art direction was fantastic.

  • 12 1-10-2009 at 4:21 am

    Guy said...

    Wow… people really don’t like “Australia.” I mean, losing out to “Doubt?” Come on.

    Less surprising, but most annoying of all, is the absence of “Synecdoche” from the contemporary category. How can a group of peers not see what ingenious work that was?

  • 13 1-10-2009 at 4:35 am

    Mark in Orlando said...

    I’m well aware of the near-incestuous nature of the nominating process; however, your example of Blood Diamond is slightly (although granted not completely) flawed. Two types of movies generally are nominated for Editing: Best Picture contenders and action/adventure/sci-fi/fantasy films. Blood Diamond was mostly well liked, had strong acting nomination contenders and was considered a dark horse for a Best Picture nomination, all of which made it a likely candidate (albeit, one I admit I did not predict). No one seriously considered Defiance as a Best Picture contender and it doesn’t match the genre qualifications. I see Defiance’s best, and only, shot as music and since Dark Knight has received significantly more recognition (not to mention a wealth a favorable PR after the near-snub screwjob) in that category I think Howard’s score is a longshot at best for a nomination.

  • 14 1-10-2009 at 4:38 am

    Mark in Orlando said...

    Not enough people saw City of Ember (too few votes for a nomination) and too many people saw Australia (too many know how much it sucked).

  • 15 1-10-2009 at 7:51 am

    Eddie said...

    Disregarding box office and reviews, it is really rather saddening the following achievements were not recognised by the guild. They still have my votes though: Australia; City Of Ember, Revolutionary Road; and Synecdoche, New York.