Production designer MICHAEL CORENBLITH has earned two Academy Award nominations for his dazzling, imaginative creation of Dr. Seuss’ Whoville in Ron Howard’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and his recreation of the 1970 doomed Apollo moon launch in Howard’s epic space adventure, “Apollo 13.” In addition to the Oscar nominations, Corenblith also won the British Academy Award (BAFTA) for “Apollo 13” and received a nomination for “Excellence in Production Design” from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Art Directors for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Corenblith is currently designing his fifth film for Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon,” adapted from Peter Morgan’s stage play recounting the behind the scenes story of the famous David Frost interviews of the former President, in 19777.


 A graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, Corenblith studied design at UCLA, and entered the entertainment industry as a lighting designer for television before moving to art direction, winning an Emmy Award in 1983 for his work on the Academy Awards show.


  Corenblith began his work in feature films as key set designer on Paul Mazursky’s 1984 comedy, “Down and out in Beverly Hills.”  He followed with assignments as Set Designer or Art Director on “Cat People,” “Burglar,” “Red Heat” and “Die Hard 2: Die Harder” before graduating to Production Designer on the film “Prince Jack.” 


A favorite of filmmaker Howard, Corenblith also collaborated with the director on “Ransom” and “EdTV.” Among his recent design credits are 2007’s top comedy, “Wild Hogs,” and “Be Cool” both starring John Travolta, and the remakes of “Mighty Joe Young” and “The Alamo.”


  Corenblith was honored with the Ruben Marmaduke Potter Award by the Alamo Battlefield Association in recognition of his “advancement of the scholarship” of Alamo history through his stunning recreations of San Antonio de Bexar and The Alamo; the largest Standing Sets ever built in North America.