Actor and comedian David Alan Grier will host the 23rd Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards (ADG, IATSE Local 800) on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown.
The announcement was made today by ADG Awards producer Scott Moses, ADG. Grier is a three-time Tony and Grammy nominee, and was included on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.
Grier currently stars in the new Fox comedy series The Cool Kids. His other TV credits include The Carmichael Show and the Emmy-winning In Living Color. He starred in DAG and Life with Bonnie, which earned him Image Award and Golden Satellite Award nominations. In 2015, Grier combined live theater and television when he played the Cowardly Lion in Broadway’s award-winning musical The Wiz Live! on NBC.
In film, Grier will next be seen in the indie drama Sprinter, produced by Will Smith. He has starred in Tyler Perry’s Peeples, Wayans Brothers’ Dance Flick, Robert Altman’s Streamers, Jumanji, and A Soldier’s Story, among many others.
Rob Marshall (Mary Poppins Returns) will receive the ADG Cinematic Imagery Award. British production designer and set decorator Anthony Masters, nominated for an Academy Award for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Benjamin Carré, best known for his work on The Phantom of the Opera and The Wizard of Oz, will be inducted into the ADG Hall of Fame.
Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Oscar-nominated production designer Jeannine Oppewall, senior illustrator and production designer Ed Verreaux, scenic artist Jim Fiorito and set designer and art director William F. Matthews. Marjo Bernay, a veteran entertainment IATSE activist for over four decades, will be honored with a special Service Award.
Producer of this year’s ADG Awards (#ADGawards) is production designer Scott Moses. ADG final online balloting ends January 31 and winners are announced at the dinner ceremony on Saturday, February 2. ADG Awards are open only to productions made within the US by producer’s signatory to the IATSE agreement. Foreign entries are acceptable without restrictions.