Legendary production designers Anthony Masters and Ben Carré, whose work appeared in some of the most iconic films of the 20th century, will be inducted into the Art Directors Guild’s Hall of Fame at the organization’s 23rd annual Excellence in Production Design Awards.
Masters, who died in 1990, was Oscar-nominated for 2001: A Space Odyssey. His other work in a career that spanned 45 years included Lawrence of Arabia, Dune, Papillon, Tai-Pan, The Clan of the Cave Bear and The Deep. His sons, Giles and Dominic, both followed in their father’s footsteps. Giles was the art director of such films as The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and Women in Gold, while Dominic was the art director of Wonder Woman and Murder on the Orient Express.
Carré, who died in 1978, is best known for his design of the Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz, the sets for The Jazz Singer, and the catacomb set designs for The Phantom of the Opera. He designed sets for Cecil B. DeMille’s The King of Kings and worked on Noah’s Ark, The Iron Mask and Dante’s Inferno. At MGM, where he worked in the scenic department for 30 years, he painted backgrounds for such classic films as North by Northwest, An American in Paris, Singing in the Rain, Marie Antoinette, Meet Me in St. Louis and Julius Caesar.
The awards show is February 2 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown.
“We are honored to celebrate legendary artists Tony Masters and Ben Carré for their arresting visual imagery as they are inducted into the ADG Hall of Fame,” said Nelson Coates, president of the Art Directors Guild, IATSE Local 800. “Both were gifted artists who have inspired us for decades through their talents, imaginations, and enormous contributions to the art of narrative design in motion pictures.”