Production designer to receive honorary Oscar


Robert Boyle has been voted an Honorary Academy Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The award, an Oscar statuette, will be presented to the legendary production designer at the 80th Academy Awards presentation on Feb. 24 "in recognition of one of cinema's great careers in art direction."

Boyle has earned four Academy Award 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."

Said Academy president Sid Ganis: "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."

Born in Los Angeles in 1909, Boyle trained as an architect. When the Depression cost him his job in that field, 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 a variety of pictures 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."