With her work on Best Picture nominee 12 Years A Slave, Patricia Norris now has been Oscar-nominated six times for costumes, but the statuette has eluded her. Norris first was nominated in 1979 for Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven. Two years later, she was nominated again for David Lynch’s The Elephant Man. Following that were nominations for Blake Edwards’ Victor/Victoria and Sunset and for 2010. She worked on women’s wardrobes for films in the late 1960s and early ’70s including on Howard Hawks’ Rio Lobo. Her first film credit as a costume designer came in 1971 for Support Your Local Gunfighter, which starred James Garner. Since then, Norris has worked as a costume designer on everything from the Mel Brooks comedies High Anxiety and History of the World, Part I to such serious fare as Frances, Scarface and The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. She also worked on 105 episodes of homespun TV saga The Waltons. This dedicated woman also worked as production designer on several films including helmer Lynch’s Lost Highway, Wild At Heart and Blue Velvet. She won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Directors Guild in 2011 and the Costume Designers Guild prior to that. She also won an Emmy for the director’s cult classic TV series Twin Peaks.
LOS ANGELES, November 22, 2010 — Academy Award®-winning Production Designer and Costume Designer Patricia Norris will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Art Directors Guild’s 15th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on February 5, 2011, it was announced today by Thomas A. Walsh, ADG Council President, and Awards co-producers Dawn Snyder and Tom Wilkins. The award will be presented at a black-tie industry gathering at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.