The Art Directors Guild has named seven initial inductees to its Hall of Fame, tapping Wilfred Buckland, Richard Day, John DeCuir Sr., Anton Grot, Boris Leven, William Cameron Menzies and Van Nest Polglase.
The seven will be formally inducted at the ninth annual Art Directors Guild Awards Feb. 12 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Additional inductees will be installed each year.
“This is a proud moment for our guild as we look to our past so we may build the bridges to our future,” said ADG prexy Thomas A. Walsh in a statement Wednesday. “The ADG Hall of Fame will recognize the many contributions and achievements of those artists who created and evolved our unique art and craft of design and art direction for the moving image.”
Buckland developed Klieg lighting, which uses spotlighting for both indoors and outdoors, and worked with Cecil B. DeMille, contributing to his early success by creating contemporary themes and authentic set designs.
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Day began his work in the silent era as Erich von Stroheim’s designer and worked as an art director for Samuel Goldwyn for eight years. He was nominated for 20 Academy Awards, winning seven.
DeCuir is best known for elaborate set designs that were illustrated with watercolor paintings. He won Oscars for “The King and I,” “Cleopatra” and “Hello Dolly!”
Grot dominated art direction at Warner Bros. for 20 years until his retirement at the end of the ’40s. His creative contributions with water effects led to his receiving an honorary Academy Award in 1941; he was nominated for five Oscars.
Leven won an Oscar for “West Side Story” and received nine nominations. He was regarded as achieving his finest work on Technicolor dramas and musicals.
Menzies became the first art director to gain the title of production designer as a result of his Academy Award-winning work on “Gone With the Wind.” He also won Oscars for “The Dove” and “The Tempest.”
Polglase moved to Hollywood in 1919, beginning his career at Famous Players-Lasky, where he rose to the position of department head. He was nominated for six Oscars and was best known for RKO’s Astaire-Rogers musicals.