TV veteran Edward Asner: Art Directors Guild Awards
Veteran television and film actor Edward Asner was one of the presenters at the 2012 Art Directors Guild Awards held last Saturday, Feb. 5, at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Winners for “excellence in production design” included Martin Scorsese's period drama Hugo (Dante Ferretti), David Yates' fantasy Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Stuart Craig), and David Fincher's contemporary drama The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Donald Graham Burt).
Full list of 2012 Art Directors Guild winners and nominees.
Host Paula Poundstone
Art Directors Guild president Thomas A. Walsh presided over the awards ceremony, while comedian Paula Poundstone served as host for the third consecutive year. In addition to Ed Asner, Art Directors Guild Awards presenters included:
- Alexandra Breckenridge (American Horror Story).
- Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly).
- James Cromwell (Babe, The Artist).
- Melanie Lynskey (Up In The Air).
- Penelope Ann Miller (Chaplin, The Artist).
- Kevin McHale (Glee).
- Gary Oldman (Prick Up Your Ears, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).
- Vinessa Shaw (3:10 to Yuma).
- Max Greenfield (New Girl).
Additionally, Ben Vereen (All That Jazz) performed as a “special musical guest.”
Edward Asner movies
Winner of seven Emmys and five Golden Globes, Edward Asner (not infrequently billed as Ed Asner) will be turning 83 next Nov. 15. Although best known for his television work in Mary Tyler Moore and one of its spin-offs, Lou Grant, Asner has also been featured in supporting roles in about 70 movies. Among them:
- The sentimental romantic drama Change of Habit (1969).
Dir.: William A. Graham.
Cast: Mary Tyler Moore. Elvis Presley.
- The cop drama Fort Apache the Bronx (1981).
Dir.: Daniel Petrie.
Cast: Paul Newman. Ken Wahl.
- The political drama Daniel (1983).
Dir.: Sidney Lumet.
Cast: Timothy Hutton.
- The political thriller JFK (1991).
Dir.: Oliver Stone.
Cast: Kevin Costner. Sissy Spacek.
- The animated hit Up (2009), in which Asner voiced the lead character.
Dir.: Pete Docter.
Voice Cast: Christopher Plummer.
More ADG Award winners
Among the other winners at the 2012 Art Directors Guild Awards were:
- Mark Friedberg for Todd Haynes' TV movie Mildred Pierce, starring Kate Winslet in the old Joan Crawford role.
- Veteran production designer, former husband of Julie Andrews, and frequent Sidney Lumet collaborator Tony Walton, who was handed the ADG's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Tony Walton's film credits include Petulia, The Boy Friend, Murder on the Orient Express, Prince of the City, Heartburn, and The Glass Menagerie.
Edward Asner, Paula Poundstone photos: Art Directors Guild.
Art Directors Guild website.