Ron Clements and John Musker to Be Honored at 22nd ADG Awards

Ron Clements and John Musker will be honored with the William Cameron Menzies Award from the Art Directors Guild.

The annual ceremony, Excellence in Production Design, will be held on January 27 in Hollywood.

Together, Clements and Musker have written some of the most beloved Disney animated films including “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin,” among others. Those films came before the existence of the Best Animated Feature prize at the Academy Awards. But they have been nominated twice since the award’s inception. In 2010, they were nominated for “The Princess and the Frog.” They were also nominated last year for “Moana.”

They both began their careers at Disney as assistant animators, making short films.

In a statement about the honor, ADG President Nelson Coates said:

Both Clements and Musker’s love of animation have brought us legendary worlds of imagination. The ADG is thrilled to honor their efforts, talents and achievements as they continue to blaze creative trails in animation and to be leaders in Disney’s artistic evolution over the decades. They are masters of their craft and part of the technical innovations in the art form.

From the ADG:

The William Cameron Menzies Award occasionally honors industry recipients, selected by the Art Directors Council Chair and members, who have demonstrated such excellence in visual arts and entertainment to merit special acknowledgement. The award is named after William Cameron Menzies, the first Art Director to be bestowed with the title of Production Designer. He had the singular distinction of receiving the first-ever Oscar® for Art Direction for “The Dove” (1927) as well as the first-ever Oscar for Production Design in “Gone With the Wind” (1939), among his numerous other awards. The William Cameron Menzies Award is bestowed on a discretionary basis. Acclaimed TCM host Robert Osborne was the first recipient of the award when it debuted in 2015.

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