Mini Tribute: Cedric Gibbons

Born March 23, 1893 Cedric Gibbons

Over the course of his 32-year film career, Cedric Gibbons served as Supervising Art Director for over 1500 MGM films (his contract specified that he receive an art director credit for every MGM film released in the US) — with direct responsibility for about 150 of them. Gibbons is also credited as the person who designed the Oscar statuette.

Cedric Gibbons designer of the Oscar statuette

But — not only did Gibbons design the Oscar, he also won the Oscar…numerous times! All told, he was nominated for 39 Best Art Direction Oscars, winning 11: The Bridge of San Luis Rey, The Merry Widow, Pride and Prejudice, Blossoms in the Dust, Gaslight, The Yearling, Little Women (1949), An American in Paris, The Bad and the Beautiful, Julius Caesar, and Somebody Up There Likes Me. You can see the complete list of his Oscar nominations here at the AMPAS website.

Last, but not least, Gibbons was one of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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