Awards nomination season is fully underway, including those awards that aren't as well known by the average moviegoer. Two professional associations have announced their nominations in the last week, with awards expected mid-February.
The ACE Eddie Awards with science fiction themes include three of the five films nominated for Best Edited Feature (Dramatic) Avatar(Stephen Rivkin, John Refua & James Cameron), District 9 (Julian Clarke) and Star Trek(Maryann Brandon & Mary Jo Markey). Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television noms include Lost : "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham" (Christopher Nelson). Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television includes True Blood: "Hard-Hearted Hannah" (Louise Innes).
The Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards for Fantasy Film include, no surprise, Avatar (Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg), District 9 (Philip Ivey), and Star Trek (Scott Chambliss). The category also includes Where the Wild Things Are and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
ADG categorizes the types of films within their awards, apparently to honor the distinct challenges of each type of film. (period, contemporary, fantasy, among others). The challenges on an art direction level are conceivably different between genres. However, it always bothers me to see science fiction and other genre films separated out, as if they aren't worthy of consideration outside their genre, even when I can intellectually appreciate that keeping a film authentic to a period or creating a brand new reality is different than a contemporary piece, I do have to take exception to lumping science based fiction and pure fantasy fiction. And without spoiling why, I'm sad to see Moon not mentioned for the Eddies.
The ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards will be announced on February 13th and ACE Eddie Awards on February 14th.
(Via Hollywood Reporter)