Cast and crew of The Dark Knight at the European premiere in London. From left to right: Director Christopher Nolan, producers Emma Thomas and Charles Roven, actors Monique Curnen, Michael Caine, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Christian Bale. Photo by Ben Coombs/CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Cast and crew of The Dark Knight at the European premiere in London in 2008. From left to right: Director Christopher Nolan, producers Emma Thomas and Charles Roven, actors Monique Curnen, Michael Caine, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Christian Bale. Photo by Ben Coombs/CC-BY-SA-2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons.

Director Christopher Nolan, best known for the “Dark Knight” trilogy, will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Cinematic Imagery Award during the group’s 19th annual awards ceremony, the guild announced Wednesday.

The award is given to people whose film work “has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience,” according to the guild. Previous recipients include Martin Scorsese, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, Norman Jewison, John Lasseter, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Blake Edwards.

In a joint statement, ADG Council Chairman John Shaffner and Awards Producers Dave Blass and James Pearse Connelly said Nolan’s work “reflects a clear appreciation for the contribution production design brings to the stories he brings to life.”

“His creative legacy is quite remarkable and it demonstrates a great love and respect for our visual medium,” according to the trio. “The teams of designers and craftspeople that he continues to bring together as a vital part of his filmmaking family are always of the highest caliber, and their work is among the most celebrated, unique and creative in our craft. Christopher Nolan’s films remind us over and over again why we love to go to the movies.”

Nolan’s other film credits include “Memento,” “Inception,” “The Prestige” and the current film “Interstellar.”

The award will be presented during the ADG’s Excellence in Production Design Awards ceremony, which will be held Jan. 31 at the Beverly Hilton. Also during the ceremony, Jim Bissell will receive the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award, while John Gabriel Beckman, Charles Lisanby and Walter H. Tyler will be inducted into the ADG’s Hall of Fame.

Nominations for the ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards will be announced Jan. 5.

City News Service

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