15 Facts About Cedric Gibbons


Austin Cedric Gibbons was an Irish-American art director for the film industry.

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Cedric Gibbons made a significant contribution to motion picture theater architecture from the 1930s to 1950s.

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Cedric Gibbons designed the Oscar statuette in 1928, but tasked the sculpting to George Stanley, a Los Angeles artist.

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Cedric Gibbons was nominated 39 times for the Academy Award for Best Production Design and won the Oscar 11 times, both of which are records.

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Cedric Gibbons was born in Brooklyn in 1890 to Irish architect Austin P Gibbons and American Veronica Fitzpatrick Simmons.

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Cedric Gibbons studied at the Art Students League of New York in 1911.

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Cedric Gibbons began working in his father's office as a junior draftsman, then in the art department at Edison Studios under Hugo Ballin in New Jersey in 1915.

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Cedric Gibbons was drafted and served in the US Navy Reserves during World War I at Pelham Bay in New York.

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Cedric Gibbons joined Goldwyn Studios, and began a long career with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1924, when the studio was founded.

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Cedric Gibbons was one of the original 36 founding members of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and designed the Academy Awards statuette in 1928, a trophy for which he himself would be nominated 39 times, winning 11, the last time for Best Art Direction for Somebody Up There Likes Me .

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In 1930, Cedric Gibbons married actress Dolores del Rio and co-designed their house with Douglas Honnold in Santa Monica, an intricate Art Deco residence influenced by Rudolf Schindler.

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Cedric Gibbons's press marriage announcement stated that he was a native of Ireland.

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Cedric Gibbons' set designs, particularly those in such films as Born to Dance and Rosalie, heavily inspired motion picture theater architecture in the late 1930s through 1950s.

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Iconic Oscar statuettes that Cedric Gibbons designed, which were first awarded in 1929, are still being presented to winners at Academy Awards ceremonies each year.

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Cedric Gibbons was inducted into the Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame in February 2005.

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