British production designer Anthony Masters, nominated for an Academy Award for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and production designer Ben Carré, best known for his work on the 1925 version of The Phantom of the Opera and The Wizard of Oz, will be inducted into the Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame at the 23rd Annual ADG awards, Feb. 2, 2019 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown.
“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,” said ADG president Nelson Coates.Masters’ career spanned 45 years. He received an Oscar nomination in 1968 for his work in 2001: A Space Odyssey. His other films include Dune, Lawrence of Arabia, Papillon, Tai-Pan, The Clan of the Cave Bear and The Deep. He has two dozen credits as art director, including such films as The Heroes of Telemark, The Cracksman, The Day the Earth Caught Fire, Faces in the Dark, The Story of Esther Costello and the Oscar-winning short The Bespoke Overcoat. He passed away in 1990.
Carré is best known for the catacomb set designs for The Phantom of the Opera, the Emerald City from The Wizard of Oz, the home of the Smith family in Meet Me in St. Louis and sets for The Jazz Singer. A classically-trained artist, Carré studied at the Atelier Amable in Paris. He began his professional career as a scene painter for the Paris Opera and Comédie-Francaise, later joining Pathé-Gaumont as a set designer on five feature films. Carré entered the U.S. in 1912 as a Production Designer at Eclair/Peerless, renowned at the time for having one of the most state-of-the-art studio facilities on the East Coast. He was under contract at MGM (1924-26), Warner Brothers (1926-27), Fox (1928-35) and, again, MGM (1939-44). During his time at the studios, 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. He took a permanent job in MGM’s scenic art department where he stayed for 30 years painting backgrounds for many of MGM’s classic films including Marie Antoinette, An American in Paris, Meet Me in St. Louis, Julius Caesar, North by Northwest, Singing in the Rain and The Wizard of Oz. After retiring in 1965 at the age of 82, Carré remained in Los Angeles with his wife Anne and was a prodigious painter and exhibitor of watercolors featuring Los Angeles cityscapes. He died in 1978.