ASC honors Wexler with lifetime award

Two-time Oscar winner Haskell Wexler has been awarded the lifetime achievement award of the American Society of Cinematographers.

Given annually to a cinematographer whose body of work has made a significant and lasting impression, the ASC honor will be awarded at the seventh annual ASC banquet on Feb. 23.

Wexler won his first Oscar in 1966 for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and picked up another 10 years later for “Bound for Glory.”

Other films include “In the Heat of the Night,””The Thomas Crown Affair, “”Medium Cool” (which he directed), “Coming Home,””Colors” and “The Babe.”

The Chicago native joined the Merchant Marines and, in five years of service, was on three tankers that were topedoed and sunk.

He joined the Intl. Photographers Guild in 1947 and worked on documentaries and commercials at the start of his career.

He shot his first independent feature 35 years ago with Roger Corman, “Stakeout on Dope Street.”

After doing several low-budget indie pix, Wexler worked as an assistant cameraman on TV’s “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.” His first feature for the Hollywood majors as a cinematographer was “The Best Man” (1964) starring Henry Fonda.

During his career, Wexler has worked on some 35 feature films and numerous documentaries. In 1968, he wrote, directed, produced and shot “Medium Cool,” a docu that integrated street scenes during the Democratic convention in Chicago. He also wrote and directed the 1985 film “Latino.”

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