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Gongs galore at the LMGA awards

Alfre Woodard7 March saw the second Annual Location Managers Guild of America Awards, held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. 

Industry professionals including location managers and location scouts were honoured, as were film commissions, across seven categories in film, TV and commercials. 

Location manager David Doumeng hosted the evening, which was attended by around 500 guests. 

The winners in film and TV were as follows: Outstanding Locations in a Contemporary Film, Wild (Nancy Haecker); Outstanding Locations in a Period Film, The Grand Budapest Hotel (Klaus Darrelmann); Outstanding Locations in a Contemporary Television Series, True Detective (Batou Chandler); Outstanding Locations in a Period Television Series, Boardwalk Empire (Amanda Burbank and Audra Gorman).

Commercials were represented too, with the following wins in two categories: Outstanding Locations in a Single Commercial, Coca-Cola “America is Beautiful” (Jimmy Ayoub, Cyndy McCrossen, Peter Orth, Stephen Pherigo) and Outstanding Locations in a Commercial Campaign, Ram Trucks (David McKinney and Peter Orth).

The City of Long Beach Office of Special Events and Filming scooped the Outstanding Film Commission Award. 

There were other awards during the gala event too: actress Alfre Woodard (pictured) presented the Humanitarian Award to FilmAid International Founder and Academy Award-nominated film producer Caroline Baron. 

The first ever African-American location manager, Kokayi Ampah, was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Ampah has had over 40 Oscar nods during his thirty year career, and has worked on acclaimed titles such as The Shawshank Redemption and Amistad. 

The Trailblazer Award went to location scout Marino Pascal, creator of Locolist, an archival forum for location professionals whereby industry professionals can share location information.  

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