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Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne has been selected to receive the inaugural William Cameron Menzies Award from the Art Directors Guild, recognizing his 35 years as a film historian, columnist and critic championing visual entertainment.
Osborne, who was a reporter and columnist for The Hollywood Reporter for more than 25 years, will be honored Jan. 31 at the 20th annual ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton.
The Menzies award will occasionally honor an industry recipient who has demonstrated such excellence in visual arts and entertainment to merit special acknowledgement.
The award is named after William Cameron Menzies, the first art director to be bestowed with the title of production designer. He received the first Oscar for art direction (for 1927’s The Dove) and the first Oscar for production design (for his work on 1939’s Gone With the Wind).
Osborne has served as the primetime host and anchor of TCM since its launch in 1994. He’s also a former president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the official biographer of the Academy Awards; his book, 85 Years of the Oscar, was written at the request of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Also at the Jan. 31 event, production designer Carmen Dillon, production and costume designer Patricia Norris, art director and set designer Dorothea Holt Redmond and illustrator Dianne Wager will be inducted into the ADG Hall of Fame.
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