Legendary production designer Jim Bissell will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be bestowed January 31 at the 19th annual awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Bissell, the production designer for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, is currently in pre-production on his second film in the Mission Impossible franchise, and was the production designer of four of the five films directed by George Clooney, including this year’s Monuments Men.
“Jim Bissell’s work as a production designer is legendary and we are proud to rank him among the best in the history of our profession,” said John Shaffner, guild’s council chairman. “He is an extraordinary artist and accomplished leader in the industry, and it is our pleasure to name him as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.”
Bissell won an Emmy in 1980 for his work on Palmerstown, USA, and was Oscar-nominated in 2006 for Clooney’s Good Night, And Good Luck. His other films include The Rocketeer, Jumanji, 300, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. He also designed the look of Clooney’s Leatherheads and Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, and Steven Spielberg’s Always and Twilight Zone: The Movie, which Spielberg produced.
Bissell is a past vice president of IATSE Art Directors Guild Local 800, and served as chairman of its awards committee for the first three years of its existence.