Patrizia von Brandenstein to Receive Art Directors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award

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Patrizia von Brandenstein

The production designer worked on everything from 'Saturday Night Fever' to 'The Untouchables.'

Production designer Patrizia von Brandenstein will receive the Art Directors Guild's lifetime achievement award at the 20th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards.

Von Brandenstein began her career as a set decorator and costume designer for films like The Candidate and Saturday Night Fever, later becoming a full-fledged production designer, working on multiple films with director Mike Nichols, including Silkwood, Working Girl and Postcards From the Edge. 

In 1985, von Brandenstein won her first Oscar for production design on Amadeus and, in 1987, was nominated for her work on Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables.

Her other credits include The People vs. Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon, Shaft and All the King’s Men.

“Patrizia von Brandenstein’s work as a Production Designer is vast and extraordinary, and we are proud to rank her among the best in the history of our profession," said ADG council chair Marcia Hinds. "She has forged the path for many future women, finding success in a predominately male profession.

Past recipients of the ADG's lifetime achievement award include Jim Bissell, Camille Abbott and Will Ferrell.

As previously announced, the 2016 ADG Hall of Fame inductees are Carmen Dillon, Patricia Norris, Dorothea Holt Redmond and Dianne Wager.

The 20th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards will take place on Jan. 31 at a black-tie ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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