Jeannine Oppewall

Jeannine Oppewall

Art Director
Born Nov 28, 1946

Jeannine Claudia Oppewall is an American film art director. She has worked on more than 30 movies in such roles as art decorator, set decorator and production designer, and has four Academy Award nominations for Best Art Design for L.A. Confidential, Pleasantville, Seabiscuit and The Good Shepherd. Many of her film sets represented different time periods within the 20th century, including movies from the 1930s like Seabiscuit, from the 1950s like L.A.… Read More

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1946 Birth Jeannie Oppewall was born on November 28, 1946 and was raised in Uxbridge, Massachusetts with a Calvinist upbringing. … Read More


1969 22 Years Old Oppewall obtained her master's degree from Bryn Mawr in 1969 and moved to Los Angeles, California. … Read More


1979 32 Years Old Oppewall began her film career helping Paul Schrader on his 1979 film Hardcore, for which she was credited as a "project consultant." … Read More
1981 34 Years Old She began her career as a set and production designer in the early 1980s, with such films as the 1981 Brian De Palma thriller Blow Out. … Read More
1983 36 Years Old One of her earlier movies was Tender Mercies, a 1983 film about an alcoholic country singer played by Robert Duvall. … Read More


1996 49 Years Old Gary Hoblit, who directed the 1996 Oppewall-designed film Primal Fear, said he particularly appreciated her flexibility and versatility: "While she may prefer a world in which less is more, she can still create an opulent and gooey world that is appropriate for someone unlike her." … Read More


1997 50 Years Old Oppewall has been nominated for four Academy Awards for Best Art Direction for L.A. Confidential in 1997, Pleasantville in 1998, Seabiscuit in 2003 and The Good Shepherd in 2006.
2002 55 Years Old She was part of the team that won an Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Award for the 2002 film Catch Me If You Can; Oppewall also received nominations for the same award for the films L.A. Confidential, Pleasantville, Wonder Boys, Seabiscuit and The Good Shephard.
2006 59 Years Old When Oppewall was assigned art director for the 2006 spy film The Good Shepherd, it took her a week to organize the number of set locations due to the large amounts of settings in the script, which included Cuba, Guatemala, LĂ©opoldville, London, Moscow, New York and New Haven, Connecticut, among other places. … Read More
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