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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Film Art: Academy Award-Winning Edition

This year's Honorary Academy Award will be given to Robert Boyle, the first time the honor has been bestowed upon a production designer. He will be presented the award during the Oscar telecast on February 24.

Boyle, who was previously honored with the lifetime achievement award from the Art Directors Guild, is best known for his many collaborations with director Alfred Hitchcock, including Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, The Birds and his most renowned work, North by Northwest. That film not only netted him his first of four Oscar nominations (he was also nominated for Gaily, Gaily; Fiddler on the Roof and The Shootist), it also inspired the title of the Oscar nominated documentary short about him, The Man on Lincoln’s Nose.

The above concept art for the film Foreign Correspondent is from Boyle's early days as a sketch artist.

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