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.
BEVERLY HILLS, February 5 —The Art Directors Guild (ADG) tonight announced winners of its 15th Annual Excellence in 2010 Production Design Awards in nine categories of film, television, commercials and music videos during black-tie ceremonies at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The awards took place before an audience of more than 650 persons, including guild members, industry executives, studio heads and press. ADG Chairman Thomas A. Walsh presided over the awards ceremony with Paula Poundstone serving as host for the second consecutive year. Honorary awards were presented to Production Designer Patricia Norris for Lifetime Achievement and to Syd Dutton and Bill Taylor for Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery.
Presenters for this year’s awards included Kristin Bauer (True Blood), Maria Canals-Barrera (Wizards of Waverly Place and Larry Crowne), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Willie Garson (White Collar), Mariette Hartley, David Lynch (Director, Twin Peaks), Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy), Ben Rappaport (Outsourced), Vik Sahay (“Chuck”), Robert Stromberg (Production Designer, Avatar), and Michael Weatherly (NCIS). During its ceremony tonight ADG inducted three additional legendary Production Designers into its Hall of Fame, bringing the roster to 33. The new inductees were Alexander Golitzen, Albert Heschong and Eugène Lourié.
ADG awards recognition always goes to the Production Designer, Art Director and Assistant Art Director of each nominated and winning project.
WINNER FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2010:
THE KING’S SPEECH
Production Designer: Eve Stewart
Production Designer: Guy Hendrix
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.