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Art Directors Guild Honoring Production Designer Stuart Wurtzel With ADG Lifetime Achievement Award

March 11, 2021 07:48 | By
Stuart Wurtzel

Stuart Wurtzel, ADG (Photo: Greg Doherty)

The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) will be honoring Oscar and Emmy-winning Production Designer Stuart Wurtzel with its prestigious ADG Lifetime Achievement Award at the virtual awards ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, April 10. Wurtzel is best known for his award-winning work on Hannah and Her Sisters and Angels in America.

Mark Worthington, the Art Directors Council Chair said about Wurtzel, “From his Oscar nominated design for Hannah and Her Sisters to his iconic evocation of New York during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s in Angels in America, Stuart Wurtzel’s contribution to the art of Production Design stands alone.”

Stuart Wurtzel has worked as a prolific production designer with some of the industry’s greatest directors during his long career. He received his Oscar® for his work on Woody Allen’s classic Hannah and Her Sisters, following his design of Allen’s Purple Rose of Cairo. He was the production designer on three Peter Yates films: Suspect, The House on Carroll Street and An Innocent Man.

Wurtzel has been a go-to designer at HBO, winning numerous awards for his work there, including Mike NicholsWit,” starring Emma Thompson, and Angels in America, which garnered him both an Emmy and an Art Directors Guild Award in 2004. More recently he was nominated for an Emmy and an ADG Award for Empire Falls, directed by Fred Schepisi and starring Paul Newman and Ed Harris. He received another Emmy nomination for Little Gloria…Happy at Last, while is most recent work is on Showtime‘s The Loudest Voice.

Wurtzel’s numerous other feature credits include: Enchanted, Stepmom, Hair, Mermaids, Romeo Is Bleeding, Three Men and a Little Lady, Old Gringo, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Mambo Kings, When a Man Loves a Woman, I.Q., Charlotte’s Web, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, The Ghost and the Darkness, Marley and Me, Hope Springs, and Ricki and the Flash.

Wurtzel’s first feature film design credit was Joan Micklin Silver‘s Hester Street, on which he collaborated with his wife, Patrizia von Brandenstein. His association with Silver continued with Bernice Bobs Her Hair for the American Short Stories series on PBS and the feature Between the Lines.

In addition to working for the screen, big and small, he has designed numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions including Henry IV, Part I for the New York Shakespeare Festival, Summer Brave, Unexpected Guests, Tiny Alice, A Flea in Her Ear, Wally’s Café, Sorrows of Stephen, for which he won the Joseph Maharam Award for Stage Design.