Kovacs to receive ASC lifetime nod

Award to be presented in Feb. 17 in L.A.

HOLLYWOOD — Laszlo Kovacs, whose lensing of such films as “Easy Rider,” “Five Easy Pieces” and “Shampoo” helped usher in the Hollywood renaissance of filmmaking in the late ’60s and early ’70s, will receive the American Society of Cinematographers’ lifetime achievement award.

He follows in the footsteps of such groundbreaking directors of photography as Gordon Willis, Haskell Wexler, Conrad Hall and fellow Hungarian-born d.p. Vilmos Zsigmond.

Award will be presented at the Century Plaza Hotel Feb. 17 during the 16th annual Lifetime Achievement Awards ceremony, which also honors the year’s best lensers in the categories of features, episodic series and MOWs/minis.

Kovacs said his mentors have been his contemporaries, including Hall and Wexler, who sponsored his membership in the ASC, as well as William Fraker and Owen Roizman, also lifetime achievement honorees. “We’ve been watching each other’s work and steal from each other, or paying homage, which is more like it.”

Kovacs, who teaches a master class at the Budapest film school with Zsigmond, most recently shot “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “Miss Congeniality.” He’ll be working with “Congeniality” star Sandra Bullock on her next, as yet untitled project.

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