The governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have voted to give the 98-year-old production designer an honorary Oscar at the 80th Academy Awards, the AP reports.
"Robert Boyle's career is truly worthy of this honor," academy president Sid Ganis said in a news release Wednesday. "From his multiple collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock to his top-quality work on so many other films, this is a master film artist."
Boyle has nearly 100 movie credits, including Hitchcock's "The Birds," "The Thomas Crown Affair," "Private Benjamin" and "Dragnet."
Boyle began his film career in 1933 as a draftsman in Paramount Studios' art department. He has earned four Oscar nominations for art direction and was the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary short in 2000.
The 80th Academy Awards will be presented at the Kodak Theatre on Feb. 24, 2008 .
Near the United Nations Glass Palace in New York, there is a metallic sculpture entitled "Evil Defeated by Good", representing Saint George transfixing a dragon with his lance. It was donated by the USSR in 1990 to celebrate the INF Treaty concluded with the USA in 1987