Honorary Oscar for Boyle

Art director has nearly 100 credits

Robert Boyle has been tapped to receive an Honorary Academy Award by the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Oscar statuette will be presented to the renowned production designer Feb. 24 at the 80th Annual Academy Awards "in recognition of one of cinema's great careers in art direction."

Boyle has earned four Oscar nominations in the art direction category for his work on "North by Northwest," "Gaily, Gaily," "Fiddler on the Roof" and "The Shootist."

His nearly 100 credits include "Saboteur," "Shadow of a Doubt," "It Came From Outer Space," "The Birds," "Marnie," "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," "In Cold Blood," "The Thomas Crown Affair," "Private Benjamin" and "Dragnet."

"From his multiple collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock to his top-quality work on so many other films, this is a master film artist, and I couldn't be happier that an Oscar statuette will be presented to him," Academy president Sid Ganis said.

Born in Los Angeles in 1909, Boyle trained as an architect. When the Depression cost him his job, Boyle found work in films as an extra. In 1933, he was hired as a draftsman in the Paramount Studios art department, headed by supervising art director Hans Dreier. He went on to work on various films as a sketch artist, draftsman and assistant art director before becoming an art director at Universal in the early '40s.

Boyle was the subject of Oscar-nominated documentary short "The Man on Lincoln's Nose."