Artisans recognize their own at crafts kudofests

Every awards season, in the period bracketed by the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards (this year extending from Jan. 11 to Feb. 22), members of the jeans, T-shirt and ballcap crowd don tuxes and evening gowns and head for swank hotels and other upscale venues to watch their peers get their due honors.

And the ones who are deserving and lucky may receive an award or two themselves.

For this is the time of year when the industry’s sundry guilds and professional societies recognize their hard-working members.

Between now and Oscar night, no less than seven such orgs will mount their annual gala extravaganzas (see the tip sheets on these pages). And in each case, in addition to announcements of the winners, awaited with some suspense, those guilds will bestow pre-announced kudos sporting such names as lifetime achievement, outstanding contribution, president’s award — all accolades that fit the accomplishments of the honorees.

A noteworthy side benefit is a happy mixing of the above-the-line and below-the-line communities. For example, at the Art Directors Guild kudofest, George Lucas will rub shoulders with production designers, art directors and set decorators. Other above-the-liners being honored at this season’s guild shows include Paul Mazursky, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas and James Burrows.

All of which makes for fertile ground for networking with peers and potential employers alike — which is, after all, what motivates some people to attend these kudofests. In the peripatetic showbiz community, your next job is often determined by who you know, by who you spoke with recently, and by generally being in the loop. That’s why going to the awards shows means a lot more than putting on fancy duds and feasting on hotel food.

For many, especially in this economy, it can make the difference between work and unemployment.

Art Directors Guild

Tip Sheet

What: 13th Art Directors Guild (ADG) Awards

When: Saturday

Where: Beverly Hilton, BevHills

Website: artdirectors.org

Honorees

Lifetime Achievement: Paul Sylbert

Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery: George Lucas

Cinema Audio Society

Tip Sheet

What: 45th Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Awards

When: Saturday

Where: Millennium Biltmore, Los Angeles

Website: cinemaaudiosociety.org

Honorees

Career Achievement: Dennis Maitland

Filmmaker award: Paul Mazursky

Visual Effects Society

Tip Sheet

What: 7th Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards

When: Feb. 21

Where: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles

Website: visualeffectssociety.com

Honorees

George Melies Award for Artistic Excellence: Phil Tippett

Lifetime Achievement: Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall

Society of Camera Operators

Tip Sheet

What: Society of Camera Operators (SOC) Awards

When: Feb. 21

Where: Goldenson Theater, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Los Angeles

Website: soc.org

Honorees

Lifetime Achievement: Michael Scott, Bob Hall, Al Cerullo, Ralph Nelson, Nelson Tyler

President’s Award: Larry Mole Parker

Technical Achievement: George Paddock, Douglas Trumbull

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