Royal Society honors Park, Schwartzman

Duo were feted at a ceremony in London on Thursday

Aardman Animation’s Nick Park and documentary filmmaker Arnold Schwartzman were honored with Royal Designer for Industry awards by the U.K.’s oldest arts society, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, at a ceremony in London on Thursday.

Park, born in Preston, northern England, is the creator of claymation stars Wallace and Gromit and has received three Academy Awards and three British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards.

London-born, L.A.-based Schwartzman won an Oscar for the documentary “Genocide” and was director of design for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

He is a governor and past chairman of the board of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles. He is also a past chair of the documentary executive committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In 2002, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to the British film industry in the U.S.