‘Button,’ ‘Knight,’ ‘Slumdog’ take ADG Awards

Posted by · 1:43 am · February 15th, 2009

The Art Directors Guild didn’t really veer from the expected last night, handing their awards to “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in the period category, “The Dark Knight” in fantasy and “Slumdog Millionaire” in contemporary.

And on we go. This pretty much affirms “Button’s” grip on this category for the Oscars. The real question, however, remains: how on earth does Nathan Crowley’s work in “The Dark Knight” qualify as “fantasy” design?

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  • 1 2-15-2009 at 1:53 am

    Jake said...

    Cool. Oh, and I’m just as baffled as you are.

  • 2 2-15-2009 at 3:03 am

    Mike said...

    I guess since Gotham isn’t a real place?

  • 3 2-15-2009 at 3:11 am

    Sound Designer Dan said...

    TDK = Dude dresses up as a bat = fantasy

  • 4 2-15-2009 at 3:15 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Benjamin Button = Dude ages backwards = Fantasy.

    All of which has absolutely nothing to do with the production design.

  • 5 2-15-2009 at 5:43 am

    Mr. Harmonica said...

    A man can actually dress up as a bat and fight crime. With super techno gadgets, no, not really, but the character’s gadgets are not beyond the realm of possibility to the point even qualifying as proper science fiction.

    A man dressing up as a bat and fighting crime is no more a fantasy than a slum boy who goes on a game show and happens to know all of the answers because each one coincides with a major event in his life, and who goes on to live happily ever after with a girl who all told he doesn’t really know and has spent very little time with.

    It’s all a matter of what you’re willing to ignore to convicne yourself what your watching is something it isn’t.

  • 6 2-15-2009 at 6:20 am

    Ryan said...

    Simple. They wanted to award Benjamin Button AND The Dark Knight AND Slumdog Millionaire. Voila!

  • 7 2-15-2009 at 7:55 am

    Oliver said...

    Button will/SHOULD take the Oscars.

  • 8 2-15-2009 at 9:10 am

    Mike said...

    Art Direction is a lock for Button, but will probably be one of probably three.

  • 9 2-15-2009 at 9:19 am

    Selina said...

    It seems like people (including myself) have a hard time categorizing TDK. It is a superhero movie after all. Except it isn’t, since Batman has no supernatural abilities like flying or x-ray vision. Except it is, because he’s BATMAN, and goes around wearing a cape and mask.


  • 10 2-15-2009 at 10:02 am

    James said...

    Must have been tough designing all those trash piles and outhouses in Mumbai.

  • 11 2-15-2009 at 1:27 pm

    Laura Dayton said...

    This is Brad Pitt at his finest. He really seems settled into himself, and he shines in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I agree with the EverHype review that called this movie “Great” – they’re a great new site that lets readers hype the music, movies, and games that they love and hate – check them out at http://www.everhype.com/?utm_source=bc – and I’m telling all of my friends and family to go see it.

  • 12 2-15-2009 at 3:13 pm

    Sound Designer Dan said...

    I was just making a point that these guilds see no matter how good TDK is, it will always be seen as that “really good movie based on a comic book.”