SOURCE: Art Directors Guild

November 21, 2005 15:04 ET

Steven Spielberg to Receive Art Directors Guild's Cinematic Imagery Award, February 11

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 21, 2005 -- Three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, who has his imprimatur on four major films this year, 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 Council President, and Awards Committee Co-Chairs Robert Strohmaier and Tom Wilkins. This year Spielberg directed "War of the Worlds," is producer and director of "Munich," a producer of "Memoirs of a Geisha" and was one of the Executive Producers of "The Legend of Zorro."

The Cinematic Imagery Award is voted from time to time 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 are Zhang Yimou, Clint Eastwood, Blake Edwards, Robert S. Wise, Frank Oz, Norman Jewison and John Lasseter. The award will be presented to Spielberg as one of the highlights of the 10th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards on February 11, 2006 during black tie ceremonies at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Seven ADG awards in production design categories for television, theatrical motion pictures and commercials will also be presented, along with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Production Designer John B. Mansbridge, and a Career Achievement Award for Scenic Arts to be presented to Ronald V. Strang.

Steven Spielberg, who is one of the most influential filmmakers of all time, received the Best Director Oscar® for "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan," and was nominated for his films "The Color Purple," "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." In 1987 he received the Motion Picture Academy's Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. He has received numerous other awards, including the Emmy®, Golden Globes® and recognition from the Directors Guild and Producers Guild.

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