Austin Cedric Gibbons (March 23, 1893 – July 26, 1960) was an Irish American art director and production designer who was one of the most important and influential in the field in the history of American film. He also made a great impact on motion picture theater architecture through the 1930s to 1950s, the period considered the golden-era of theater architecture. He is credited as the designer of the Oscar statuette in 1928. —Wikipedia
For one thing Cedric Gibbons wasn't a movie director at all, he was an art director and a production designer. Certainly, one of the best. It is said he was the art director on over 1000 films--brother, that ain't hay. He gave MGM the opulent look it prided itself on during their prime (30's-early 60's). He was the supervising art director for that studio a total of 32 years. As a bit of gilding on his bio, he's credited with designing Oscar, the Academy's statuette, of which he won 11. A giant in Hollywood film history.