SOURCE: Art Directors Guild

Art Directors Guild

November 10, 2009 13:58 ET

Warren Beatty to Receive Art Directors Guild's Cinematic Imagery Award at 14th Annual Awards Ceremony on February 13, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 10, 2009) - Academy Award® winner Warren Beatty has been selected to receive the Art Directors Guild's (ADG's) coveted honorary Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award, it was announced today by Thomas A. Walsh, ADG President, and Awards co-producers Dawn Snyder and John Janavs. Beatty is one of the few people who has taken on so many roles in the production of a single film and achieved such success. Only Beatty and Orson Welles have been nominated for Academy Awards® as an actor, a director, a writer, and a producer on the same film. Beatty did it twice, for "Heaven Can Wait" (1978), and again for "Reds" (1981). He has been nominated 15 times in these categories and the eight films he has produced have earned 53 nominations.

The ADG's Cinematic Imagery Award is given to an individual whose body of work in the film industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience. Previous recipients of this honor have been Allen Daviau, Clint Eastwood, Blake Edwards, Terry Gilliam, Ray Harryhausen, Norman Jewison, John Lasseter, George Lucas, Frank Oz, Steven Spielberg, Robert S. Wise and Zhang Yimou. The award will be presented to Beatty as one of the highlights of the 14th annual Art Directors Guild Awards on February 13, 2010, during black tie ceremonies at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Nine ADG awards in production design categories for television, theatrical motion pictures, music videos and commercials will also be presented, along with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Production Designer Terence Marsh. In addition, there will also be a presentation of the three newest Production Designers to be inducted into the ADG's Hall of Fame: Malcolm F. Brown, Bob Keene and Ferdinando Scarfiotti.

Beatty began his film career in 1961 with "Splendor in the Grass." In 1967 he teamed up with Arthur Penn and produced and played the lead role in "Bonnie and Clyde," which was nominated for Best Picture and Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Academy Awards®, as well as Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama at the Golden Globes. Beatty produced, wrote and starred in "Shampoo" in 1975, which was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards®. "Heaven Can Wait" (1978) garnered Beatty four Academy Award® nominations, a Golden Globe win, a Writers Guild win and a Directors Guild nomination.

In 1981, Beatty directed, produced, wrote and starred in "Reds," a recounting of radical journalist John Reed's experiences in Bolshevik, Russia. He won the Academy Award® for Best Director for his work on this film, as well as received many other nominations from the Academy, Directors Guild, Golden Globes and Writers Guild.

Beatty has also worked on such widely varied films as "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" (1961), "All Fall Down" (1962), "Lilith" (1964), "Mickey One" (1965), "The Only Game in Town" (1970), "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (1971), "The Parallax View" (1974), "Dick Tracy" (1990), "Bugsy" (1991) and "Bulworth" (1998).

Over the years, Beatty has received numerous honorary awards including the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Board of Governors Award from the American Society of Cinematographers in 2000, the Distinguished Director Award from the Costume Designers Guild in 2001, the Milestone Award from the Producers Guild in 2004, the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 2007 and the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

Politically active since the 1960s, Beatty campaigned with Robert Kennedy in his 1968 presidential campaign. In 1981 he was a founding board member of the Center for National Policy. He is on the Board of Trustees of The Scripps Research Institute and on the Board of Directors of the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation. He has received the Eleanor Roosevelt Award from the Americans for Democratic Action, the Brennan Legacy Award from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, and the Phillip Burton Public Service Award from The Foundation For Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. With his wife, Annette Bening, he received the Caritas Award from Saint John's Health Center, and the Stem Cell Champions Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In multiple forums he has addressed campaign finance reform, the increasing disparity of wealth, universal health care and the need for the Democratic Party to return to its roots.

Television and commercial submission forms for the ADG's Excellence in Production Design Awards are now available, with submissions due on November 20. Forms can be accessed from the ADG's website at www.artdirectors.org. Theatrical films are automatically entered if they have been in theatrical distribution in the Los Angeles area for seven successive days prior to December 31, 2009. Nomination ballots are due January 6, 2010 and nominations will be announced on January 8. Final ballots are due February 12 and winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on February 13.

Media sponsors for this year's ADG awards are "Below The Line," "Daily Variety," and "The Hollywood Reporter." Tarin Wilson of Plan A Events will produce this year's awards ceremony for ADG.

NOTE TO MEDIA: An electronic image of Warren Beatty is available by contacting Suzanne Parker at Suzanne@publicity4all.com.

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