Michael D. Ford

Michael Dickins Ford ( born 1928 in the south of England ) is a British illustrator, art director and production designer, who twice won the Academy Award for Best Production Design and twice more was nominated for an Oscar in this category.


Ford studied post-school first Visual Arts at Goldsmiths College, University of London and subsequently worked as an illustrator before he began working as an art director and production designer in the film industry in 1972.

At the Academy Awards in 1981, he received together with Norman Reynolds, Leslie Dilley, Harry Lange and Alan Tomkins his first Oscar nomination for Best Production Design in the Star Wars film The Empire Strikes Back (1980 ) by Irvin Kershner Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in the lead roles.

In 1982 he won with Norman Reynolds his first Oscar for Best Production Design, and indeed for the adventure film Raiders of the Lost Ark ( 1982) by Steven Spielberg, starring Harrison Ford, Karen Allen and Paul Freeman.

He received another Oscar nomination along with Reynolds, Fred Hole and James L. Schoppe 1984 for the Star Wars film Return of the Jedi ( 1983) by Richard Marquand, again with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fischer in the lead roles.

At the Academy Awards in 1998 he finally won with Peter Lamont his second Oscar for Best Production Design in Titanic ( 1997) by James Cameron starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Frances Fisher.

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