Unlike the critics awards and the Golden Globes, the guild awards really give you a strong idea of where the Academy is heading since there’s a considerable overlap among the voting bodies. Here are the nominees for the Art Directors Guild awards; they’re broken up by genre, which means there are 15 nominees, so they’re not exceedingly selective. But most of the top overall contenders (with the exception of Precious and Invictus) are included. The omission of Nine is not a good sign.

Period Film

A Serious Man

Inglourious Basterds

Julie & Julia

Public Enemies

Sherlock Holmes

Fantasy Film


District 9

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Star Trek

Where the Wild Things Are

Contemporary Film

Angels & Demons

The Hangover

The Hurt Locker

The Lovely Bones

Up in the Air