Oscar- and Emmy-winning production designer Stuart Wurtzel, known for his work on “Hannah and Her Sisters” and “Angels in America,” will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Art Directors Guild, it was announced Thursday.
The ADG will honor Wurtzel’s “exceptional spectrum of iconic designs for film, television and theater, created over six decades” at the guild’s 25th annual awards ceremony on April 10, which will be held virtually in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Wurtzel is the first of four Lifetime Achievement Award recipients to be announced by the ADG, which honors individuals in each of the guild’s four crafts, which include set designers and model makers; scenic, title and graphic artists; and illustrators and matte artists.
“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,” said Mark Worthington, the Art Directors Council chair.
Wurtzel received his Oscar for his work on “Hannah and Her Sisters,” which following his design on another Woody Allen film, “Purple Rose of Cairo.” He was the production designer on three Peter Yates films, “Suspect,” “The House on Carroll Street” and “An Innocent Man,” and on Mike Nichols’ “Wit,” starring Emma Thompson.
Wurtzel’s 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,” “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez,” “The Ghost and the Darkness” and “Marley and Me.”
On the small screen, his work on HBO’s “Angels in America” garnered him both an Emmy and an Art Directors Guild Award in 2004. He was also nominated for Emmys for “Empire Falls,” starring Paul Newman and Ed Harris, and “Little Gloria … Happy at Last.”
His most recent work on “The Loudest Voice” can be seen on Showtime.
In addition to working on projects for the screen, Wurtzel has designed numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions.