The Set Decorators Society of America (SDSA) presented its 22nd Annual Awards Luncheon at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, March 15.
Set decorator Audrey Blasdel-Goddard was honored with the Earl Cooperman lifetime achievement award, not only for her artistic contributions but also for her tireless work to increase recognition of set decorators and women in the entertainment industry. Veteran set decorator Rusty Lipscomb presented the award to her friend and mentor.
Additional awards included the SDSA Chair to set decorators and business members who have gone above and beyond in service to the organization, the SDSA Chair Hold Tag for continued outstanding service, the SDSA Hall of Fame, which this year recognized retiring members of the Warner Bros. property department Ronnie Wexler and John Rettino as well as Independent Studio Services’ Linda Montana, all of whom were in attendance and received a resounding standing ovation. Lastly, the business member of the year award went to FormDecor Furniture Rental in recognition of exceptional contributions to the SDSA.
This year’s Leslie Frankenheimer Scholarships in honor of the eponymous set decorator and SDSA community outreach chair emeritus, were awarded to Alejandra Moreno who studies molecular biology at U.C. Berkeley and Nicolas de Soto-Foley who is studying film at Wesleyan, Connecticut. Each student receives a $2,500 scholarship underwritten by Lennie Marvin’s Prop Heaven and Faux Library Studio Rentals.
A highlight of the yearly event is the silent art auction for charity. SDSA members donate art – in many cases pieces they have created themselves – and vie to outbid each other for charity. This year’s selected charity was LAGoal, which empowers adults with developmental disabilities to live healthy, productive and independent lives. Executive director Petite Konstantin was on hand to accept the funds raised via this year’s silent auction.
The winners of the 22nd annual SDSA are:
Earl Cooperman Lifetime Achievement Award
SDSA Chair Recipients 2015
Amy Hilker – Warner Bros. Studio Facilities
Mimi Clarke – Front Row Media
Willy Carter – RC Vintage
Tami Glenn Cooper – Hollywood International Placements
John Fluke- Placed4Success
Allan Songer- Omega/Cinema Props
Dyann Klein – propNspoon/Props For Today
Chanida A. Trueblood
E. Sean Griffin
SDSA Chair Hold Tag 2015 – For Continued Outstanding Service
Corri Levelle – Sandy Rose Floral, Inc.
Beverly Hadley – Universal Studios Property
Adrianna Cruz-Ocampo – U-Frame-It Gallery
SDSA Hall Of Fame 2015
Linda Montana – Independent Studio Services
John Rettino – Warner Bros. Property
Ronnie Wexler – Warner Bros. Property
Frank Simpson – Sony Pictures Property (not present)
Business Member of The Year
FormDecor Furniture Rental
Leslie Frankenheimer Scholarship
Nicolas de Soto-Foley