Jim Bissell to Receive Art Directors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award

12:20 PM PST 07/15/2014 by Gregg Kilday
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Jim Bissell

The production designer, an Oscar nominee for George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck," will be honored at the Production Design Awards on Jan. 31.

Production designer Jim Bissell will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on Jan. 31, 2015, at at the Beverly Hilton. The honor was announced Tuesday by John Shaffner, ADG Council chairman and ADG Award producers Dave Blass and James Pearse Connelly.

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An Oscar nominee for best achievement in art direction for 2005’s Good Night, and Good Luck and an Emmy winner for outstanding art direction for a series for 1980’s Palmerstown, U.S.A., Bissell has worked on such films as E.T. the Extra-TerrestrialJumanji300Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and most recently The Monuments Men, his fourth collaboration with George Clooney.

Bissell was an instructor with the UCLA Extension Program for the "Production Design in Film: The Language of Vision" course from 1989 to 1993. He has also been a guest lecturer for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, AFI, USC, Art Center College of Design and Chapman University.

"Jim Bissell's work as a production designer is legendary, and we are proud to rank him among the best in the history of our profession. He is an extraordinary artist and accomplished leader in the industry, and it is our pleasure to name him as this year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient," Shaffner said. A veteran leader of the ADG, Bissell was a past vice president and a board member for more than 15 years. He also chaired the Guild's Awards Committee for the first three years of its existence.

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Nominations for this year's ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards will be announced on Jan. 5 in 10 competitive categories for theatrical films, television productions, commercials and music videos. A recipient of the guild's Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award and three new inductees into its Hall of Fame will be announced in the near future.

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