ASC adds to Spielberg’s honors list

On the heels of winning two Golden Globes Saturday night and his Directors Guild of America nomination Monday for “Schindler’s List,” Steven Spielberg has been named the recipient of the American Society of Cinematographers’ Board of Governors Award.

The prestigious award, which will be presented at the ASC’s Outstanding Achievement Awards dinner Feb. 27 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, is being given to Spielberg for “his extraordinary contributions to advancing the art of visual storytelling.”

The ASC Board of Governors Award, whose past recipients include Gregory Peck, Charles Champlin, Fay Kanin and Sheldon Leonard, is given periodically for exceptional achievements and is reserved for those who are not cinematographers.

“The members of ASC wanted Steven Spielberg to receive this token of their affection in 1994 while the organization is celebrating its 75th anniversary,” awards chairman Burton Stone said.

Calling Spielberg “a remarkable visual storyteller who has made an incomparable impact on the art form,” Stone continued, “This award is a symbol of appreciation for the encouragement he has given to cinematographers. … Many outstanding cinematographers have worked with him at pivotal points in their careers.”

Among the ASC members who have worked with Spielberg are Vilmos Zsigmond (“The Sugarland Express,””Close Encounters of the Third Kind”), Bill Butler (“Jaws”), Allen Daviau (“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,””The Color Purple,””Empire of the Sun”) and Dean Cundey (“Hook,””Jurassic Park”).

Conrad Hall will receive the 1994 Lifetime Achievement Award, while Jack Cardiff will receive the 1994 ASC Intl. Achievement Award.

In addition, the ASC will honor four individuals for outstanding achievements in 1993.

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