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Art directors tap Edward for honor

Helmer awarded Cinematic Imagery trophy

The Art Directors Guild’s executive board has selected Blake Edwards to receive this year’s Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award.

Edwards, whose filmography as a director, writer, producer and actor includes 49 movies, will be honored at the organization’s fourth annual Excellence in Production Design Awards event on Feb. 26 at the BevHilton.

Guild prexy Jack De Govia and awards chairman Michael Baugh made the announcement Tuesday. Past recipients of the honor, voted from time to time for an individual whose body of work has enhanced and enriched the visual aspects of moviegoing, are Robert S. Wise and Norman Jewison.

Edwards’ credits include “Days of Wine and Roses,” “The Party,” “10,” “S.O.B.” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” as well as eight “Pink Panther” movies, two “Peter Gunn” movies and “Mickey & Maude.” Other major films include “The Great Race,” “Experiment in Terror” and “Blind Date.”

Edwards acted in two dozen films prior to launching his filmmaking career as co-author and producer of “Panhandle.” His directorial debut came in 1956 for “Bring Your Smile Along” and he moved into television in 1958 with the creation of “Peter Gunn” and “Mr. Lucky.”

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