'Sound of Music' director to receive nod for Guild leadership

HOLLYWOOD — The Directors Guild of America has tapped two-time Academy Award winner and former DGA prexy Robert Wise as recipient of the DGA Presidents Award.

Wise, who served as the org’s president from 1971 to 1975, will be honored at the 53rd Annual DGA Awards dinner on March 10 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. The award is given following a unanimous vote of former DGA presidents and the sitting president.

“It seems only fitting that Robert Wise, who has dedicated so much of his professional life to guild service, should receive this prestigious award for his leadership and extraordinary service to the Guild and the industry,” said current DGA prexy Jack Shea.

Wise is the second recipient of the award, first given three years ago to former DGA president George Sidney.

Timeline treasure

Wise joined the DGA in 1945 and its national board of directors nine years later. He also served as chair of the guild’s Special Projects for 26 years following its inception in 1976.

“Special Projects is what I’m most proud of in my service with the Guild, because it is something that has grown to be a highly thought of program and it has extended and broadened its outreach,” Wise said.

Special Projects programs include screenings, directors retreats, workshops, seminars, new technology demonstrations and the Robert E. Wise Library.

Wise has also received the DGA’s Honorary Life Member Award, the DGA’s Robert B. Aldrich Award and its Lifetime Achievement Award. He won Oscars and DGA nods for “The Sound of Music” and “West Side Story” and has directed over 40 features, including “The Andromeda Strain,” “Run Silent, Run Deep,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “The Sand Pebbles” and “The Hindenburg.”

Wise also served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for three terms between 1985 and 1988.

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