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As production designer, David Gropman was an Academy Award nominee for Best Art Direction, shared with set decorator Beth Rubino, for his work on Lasse Hallström’s The Cider House Rules.
He reteamed with the latter director on Chocolat, for which Mr. Gropman received a BAFTA Award nomination and won an Art Directors Guild Award; The Shipping News, for which he was again an Art Directors Guild Award nominee; Casanova, starring Heath Ledger; and An Unfinished Life.
More recently, he was a Satellite Award nominee for his work on Adam Shankman’s blockbuster musical Hairspray; and an Art Directors Guild Award nominee for John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt. Mr. Gropman’s other feature credits as production designer include Todd Field’s Little Children; Robert Benton’s The Human Stain, Twilight, and Nobody’s Fool; Steven Zaillian’s A Civil Action and Searching for Bobby Fischer; Jerry Zaks’ Marvin’s Room; Michael Hoffman’s One Fine Day; Forest Whitaker’s Waiting to Exhale; Alfonso Arau’s A Walk in the Clouds; Gary Sinise’s Of Mice and Men and Miles From Home; Merchant Ivory’s Mr. & Mrs. Bridge and Slaves of New York; and Robert Altman’s O.C. and Stiggs, The Laundromat (for television), and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.