Robert Osborne, primetime host and anchor of Turner Classic Movies (TCM), will receive the first Art Directors Guild William Cameron Menzies Award, recognizing his 35 years as a film historian, columnist, critic and trade reporter championing visual entertainment. Osborne will be honored at the 20th Annual ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards ceremony on Jan. 31, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The newly created award will occasionally honor an industry recipient, selected by the Art Directors council chair and members, who merits special acknowledgement. The award will be bestowed on a discretionary basis. The award is named after William Cameron Menzies, the first art director to be bestowed with the title of production designer. He had the distinction of receiving the first Oscar for art direction for The Dove (1927) as well as the first Oscar for production design in Gone With the Wind (1939).
Osborne has served as the primetime host and anchor of Turner Classic Movies (TCM) since its launch in 1994 where he brings viewers into the world of classic Hollywood, providing insider information, facts and trivia on TCM movie presentations. He also co-hosts TCM’s The Essentials series and was joined by new co-host Sally Field in March. In addition, Osborne serves as the official host for the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic Cruise.
Osborne is well known as a Hollywood columnist and critic and is the official biographer of the Oscars. His book, 85 Years of the Oscar, was written at the request of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has been called the most comprehensive and definitive book ever done on the subject.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he received a special award from the National Board of Review for his contributions as a film historian.
Osborne was a reporter and columnist for The Hollywood Reporter for more than 25 years, covering all aspects of the movie and television business. In 1982, he also began as the on-air entertainment reporter for the nightly news on Los Angeles’ KTTV. In 1987, he was signed by CBS to make daily appearances on the CBS Morning Program, and from 1986-1993, he was also a regular host of The Movie Channel cable network prior to joining Turner Classic Movies in 1994.
From 1981-83, Osborne served as president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). He has been a frequent guest on Good Morning America and other network shows. He was twice a CableACE nominee for his “Osborne Report” segments for The Movie Channel and was nominated for an Emmy as best host moderator.