Gilbert Cates will be named an honorary lifetime member of the Directors Guild of America, one of the Guild’s highest honors, at the DGA’s 43rd annual awards dinner March 16.

The honor is “in recognition of outstanding creative achievement or contribution to the Guild or to the profession of directing.”

Cates is producing his second consecutive Academy Awards ceremonies, which will air live March 25 on ABC. His 1990 Oscarcast garnered two Emmys.

His film work includes producing and directing the 1970 pic “I Never Sang For My Father,” which was nominated for three Oscars, and directing 1973′s “Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams,” which took two Academy Award nominations.

His extensive tv work includes the telepics “Fatal Judgment” and “Do You Know The Muffin Man.”

On the stage, “Voices” and “You Know I Can’t Hear You When The Water’s Running” are among his numerous credits.

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