Christopher Nolan will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award at the ADG’s 19th annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards. Comedian Owen Benjamin will host the starry black-tie ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 31, 2015.
The Cinematic Imagery Award honors a filmmaker whose body of work has enhanced the visuality of moviegoing. Martin Scorsese, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, Norman Jewison, John Lasseter, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are among past honorees.
Before he was a blockbuster filmmaker, the British-American Nolan burst onto the indie scene in 1998 with his black-and-white first feature “Following,” followed by his brain-boggling sophomore thriller “Memento.” And now, well, the rest is history. “Interstellar” has already grossed over $540 million worldwide since opening November 5. The ADG honor should boost the film’s award season profile, which has been fairly low-key so far. Expect a bigger awards presence when the year-end crafts honors start rolling out.
Nominations for this year’s ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards, which are selected by 2,300 working Guild members, will be announced on January 5, 2015. The ADG will present winners in 11 competitive categories for theatrical films, television productions, commercials and music videos. As previously announced, Jim Bissell will receive the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award; John Gabriel Beckman, Charles Lisanby and Walter H. Tyler will be inducted into the ADG’s Hall of Fame.