‘Amadeus’ Production Designer Tapped for Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Patrizia von Brandenstein will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

She was the first woman to win an Academy Award for production design, for “Amadeus,” and was also nominated for Oscars in the category for “Ragtime” and “The Untouchables.”

The award will be presented at the 20th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on Jan. 31 at the Beverly Hilton.

Von Brandenstein began her film career in 1972 as a set decorator on “The Candidate” and subsequently worked as a costume designer on “Between the Lines” and “Saturday Night Fever.” She teamed with her husband and fellow production designer, Stuart Wurtzel, on “Hester Street” and moved into art direction for “Breaking Away” and “Ragtime.”

She collaborated with Mike Nichols on “Silkwood,” “Working Girl” and “Postcards From the Edge.” Her additional production credits include “A Chorus Line,” “Billy Bathgate,” “Leap of Faith,” “A Simple Plan,” “Shaft,” “The Last Station” and “Albert Nobbs.”

In December, she will design the sets and costumes for the Broadway production of “The Anarchist,” written and directed by David Mamet.

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