Art Directors to Honor 'L.A. Confidential' Production Designer Jeannine Oppewall

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Four-time Academy Award-nominated production designer Jeannine Oppewall will receive the Art Directors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award during the 23rd annual ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards, which will be held Feb. 2 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown.

Oppewall earned Oscar nominations for L.A. Confidential, Pleasantville, Seabiscuit and The Good Shepherd, and her more than 40 film credits also include Catch Me If You Can, Wonder Boys, Rules Don’t Apply, Snow Falling on Cedars and The Bridges of Madison County.

“Jeannine is one of our most treasured production designers whose 40-year career continues to flourish, right up to the current Best of Enemies," ADG president Nelson Coates said Thursday in a statement. "She is a most deserving recipient of our Lifetime Achievement Award."

Oppewall's first film was Paul Schrader’s Blue Collar (1978). Tender Mercies (1983) starring Robert Duvall was her earliest movie as production designer and remains one of her favorites. She began her career working for the office of Charles and Ray Eames, known for their influential furniture designs, where she helped organize and design museum exhibits.

ADG Lifetime Achievement Awards are awarded to individuals in each of the guild’s four crafts: art directors; scenic, title and graphic artists; illustrators and matte artists; and set designers, model makers and previs artists. Honorees in the other crafts are expected to be announced soon.