Slumdog, Dark Knight & Button Triumph At Arts Design Awards
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON and cult movie THE DARK KNIGHT were the big winners at the Art Directors Guild Awards on Saturday (14Feb09).
Button claimed the Excellence in Production Design for a Period Film, The Dark Knight picked up the Fantasy Film prize and Slumdog Millionaire was named the Best Contemporary Film at the black-tie ceremony held at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Honorary awards were presented to Production Designer Paul Sylbert for Lifetime Achievement, and to iconic filmmaker George Lucas for Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery.
And five production designers were inducted into the ADG Hall of Fame - Ted Haworth, Joseph MCMillan Johnson, Romain Johnston, John Meehan and Harold Michelson.
Meanwhile, Mad Men, Little Britain U.S.A., John Adams and Weeds picked up awards for design excellence in television.
The 80th Annual Academy Awards telecast was named the Best Awards Show, Variety, Music, or Non-Fiction Program.