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More Prizes for Best Pic Nominees: 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, & Her

From the USC Scripter nominees we discussed Friday the group chose 12 Years a Slave as the best adapted screenplay of the year. Since their prize goes to both the screenwriter and the original author that means John Ridley gave the acceptance speech but Solomon Northup was also a winner. He's been dead for 151 years so one wonders where his prize goes? I hope to the Faces of Solomon group.

But it wasn't all good news for the masterful slavery drama. It lost its Art Direction, Period  prize to the much showier Baz Luhrmann film The Great Gatsby. Catherine Martin, Baz's wife and creative collaborator is drowning in such prizes. She's won the ADG and the Oscar both before in this category for Moulin Rouge! (TODAY'S MUST READ: Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin's creative process at the New York Times)


So pleased this won it's prize! K.K. Barrett is a marvel

Contemporary Film K.K. Barrett, Her
Fantasy Film Andy Nicholson, Gravity
Period Film Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby

It's worth noting that all three of those production designers are Oscar nominated as well. They're competing against Adam Stockhausen for 12 Years a Slave and Judy Becker  for American Hustle.

Television & Special Extra Film Prizes are after the jump...

One-Hour Single Camera Television Series Gemma Jackson, Game Of Thrones, Episode: “Valar Dohaeris”

Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series Jim Gloster, Veep, Episode: “Helsinki”

Television Movie or Mini-Series Howard Cummings, Behind The Candelabra

Awards, Music, or Game Shows Steve Bass, The 67th Annual Tony Awards

The Tony Awards are always winning things. 

Multi-Camera, Variety, or Unscripted Series Tyler Robinson, Portlandia, Episode: “Missionaries”

Short Format, Live Action Series Brian Kane, Battlestar Galactica: Blood And Chrome, Episode: “Pilot”

Rick Carter with one of his two OscarsCommercial, PSA, Promo, and Music Video Todd Cherniawsky, Call Of Duty: Ghosts, Episode: “Epic Night Out”

Cinematic Imagery Award Martin Scorsese

Lifetime Achievement Award Rick Carter (pictured left with one of his two Oscars) whose work you know from Steven Spielberg & Bob Zemeckis films.

Hall of Fame Inductees Robert Clatworthy, Harper Goff and J. Michael Riva


What were your favorite art direction triumphs of the year and who would you vote for in the Oscar category? 

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I think 'Inside Llewyn Davis' and 'The Grandmaster' had the most beautiful art direction of the year. From the Oscar nominees... I guess I'd vote for 'Her'?

February 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterConrado

I don't particularly like Catherine's work in The Great Gatsby. It's good work, but without the freshness she had in previous movies. The pool is beautiful.

I'll go with Her, Llewyn Davis and La grande bellezza.

February 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Gravity and Her should arguably have switched places. The former is contemporary, the latter is a futuristic sci-fi story.

February 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSean C.

I'm kind of disappointed about the screenplay award for "12 Years..." It was good, but I'm hard pressed to remember much of the dialogue aside from Alfre Woodard's delicious monologue on the porch about the coming plague upon the plantation class. I think that film's power comes more from its cinematography, editing, and especially sound and sound editing (the ominous use of quiet and insect noises as terrible things are happening). I also think it's masterfully directed, though the drift seems to be that "Gravity" is going to take the directing awards while "12 Years' and "American Hustle" duke it out for Best Picture. I think "Before Midnight" deserves the adapted screenplay award as a cumulative award to Delpy, Hawke, and Linkletter for their work with these characters over 20 years, not to mention the ugly fearlessness of the dialogue between Celine and Jesse in the hotel room. (And I wouldn't have given "Gravity" the art direction award--cinematography and editing, yes, in a heartbeat, but really, a couple spaceships that get reduced to rubble? I thought "Oz the Great and Powerful" was a much more visually stunning fantasy, but it got no love from any tech guilds anywhere.)

February 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDback

i'm surprised the Tonys won production design. it has been the same set for over a decade now, no? actor entrances (with tv monitor) on stage left and stage right. giants TV screen above center stage. did i miss something?

February 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Honestly, of those three, it's probably between Her and Gravity now for the win is POSSIBLE, but American Hustle or 12 Years a Slave winning would have made it a three way race.

February 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

American Hustle has an angle at the Production Design award the same way Lincoln did last year - the "well we're not giving it Best Picture, we need to give it something" school of thought. And just like last year, it would register as something of a surprise on the night of the telecast.

February 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRJ

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