Most Disney fans have already seen Encanto since it premiered in November in theaters and premiered on Disney+ on Christmas Eve, and many Disney fans will also know that the movie has been breaking records and receiving awards as the awards show season continues! Encanto has already won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, been nominated for nine Annie Awards in the animation industry, and broken Frozen‘s record for catchy music; now, the movie is receiving even more nominations for accolades, and it’s not the only Disney movie in the running for this year’s annual excellence in production design awards from the Art Directors Guild!
Encanto was honored by the Art Directors Guild in its 26th excellence in production design awards with a nomination for Excellence in Production Design, and Cruella, Luca, Raya and the Last Dragon, Loki, WandaVision, and Shang-Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings also received nominations from the Art Directors Guild Awards for their production design. The Loki episode “Glorious Purpose” was nominated for best production design, and the WandaVision episode that received an award nomination for best production design was “Previously On”.
The categories for awards in excellence in production design from the Art Directors Guild Awards are as follows:
ONE HOUR PERIOD OR FANTASY SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
ONE HOUR CONTEMPORARY SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
TELEVISION MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
HALF-HOUR SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
VARIETY, REALITY OR COMPETITION SERIES
SHORT FORMAT: WEB SERIES OR MUSIC VIDEO
Some other movies that received nominations this year were Nightmare Alley, The Green Knight, and West Side Story, which stars Rachel Zegler. Rachel Zegler recently won the Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role, and since she is slated to play Snow White in the upcoming live-action Snow White movie from Disney, she’ll soon be a household name!
The production designer for Cruella was Fiona Crombie, and the production designer for WandaVision was Mark Worthington. The production designer listed for Loki was Kasra Farahani, and the production designers for Raya and the Last Dragon were Paul Felix, Mingjue Helen Chen, and Cory Loftis. The production designer for Luca was just one person: Daniela Strijleva. Although production design awards might not sound as exciting as Academy Awards or Emmy Awards, there is a lot of work that goes into the production design on a film!
The production designer for Shang-Chi was Sue Chan, and the movie featured many concept artists, concept illustrators, graphic designers, art decorators, and a set decorator. Are you familiar with the roles of a concept artist, a concept illustrator, an art director, a graphic artist, a set designer, a set director, a graphic designer, and a production designer behind the scenes in movies?
#Encanto has been nominated for the Art Directors Guild Awards! Congratulations to Ian Gooding and Lorelay Bové! pic.twitter.com/DvVqAdkno4
— Disney Animation (@DisneyAnimation) January 24, 2022
Encanto was specifically nominated for the Excellence in Production Design Award in an Animated Feature Film from the Art Directors Guild; its production design was led by production designer Ian Gooding and production designer Lorelay Bové. Most of the nominees also have a short video showing the highlights of the production design team and the art direction team’s work on their respective film; you can see the presentations and videos from each movie’s teams here!
The teams from these movies or shows actually made submissions, like applications, that they sent to the Art Directors Guild. The designers’ concept art and the design presentations that were presented to the Art Directors’ Guild were also shared alongside the nominations and videos, so now Disney fans and Marvel fans can take an extra behind-the-scenes look at the thought behind some of these Disney movies or Marvel shows’ most memorable scenes!
Which of these Disney or Marvel movies or series were your favorite? Have you heard of the best production design awards like the Art Directors Guild Awards before, or are you only familiar with honors like the Academy Award, Grammy Awards, Golden Globe, Emmy Award, Critics’ Choice Award, Satellite Award, or SAG Award for actors and filmmakers in the moviemaking industry?