Production designer Robert Boyle will receive an honourary Oscar at the 80th Annual Academy Awards on February 24 2008.

The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to present Boyle with the honour 'in recognition of one of cinema's great careers in art direction.'

Boyle earned four Oscar nominations in art direction for his work on North By Northwest, Gaily, Gaily, Fiddler On The Roof and The Shootist.

His credits include The Birds, In Cold Blood, Private Benjamin, Marnie, Rhinestone and the original version of The Thomas Crown Affair.

'Robert Boyle's career is truly worthy of this honour,' Academy president Sid Ganis said. 'From his multiple collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock to his top-quality work on so many other films, this is a master film artist and I couldn't be happier that an Oscar statuette will be presented to him.'