'Singin' in the Rain' helmer tapped for Board of Governors award

HOLLYWOOD — “Singin’ in the Rain” director Stanley Donen has been tapped to receive the 2002 Board of Governors award from the American Society of Cinematographers.

Presented periodically for “extraordinary and enduring contributions to advancing the art of filmmaking,” the honor is the ASC’s only award for those outside the realm of cinematography. Previous winners include Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Warren Beatty, Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Wise, Sally Field, Jodie Foster, Fay Kanin, Gregory Peck, Charles Champlin and Sheldon Leonard.

Kudos will be presented at the 16th annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Award ceremonies, to be held Feb. 17 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

Films an ‘integral part of our culture’

“Stanley Donen created a memorable body of work, including many classic films that have become an integral part of our culture,” said ASC prexy Victor Kemper. “He has an incomparable gift for translating music and dance into cinematic art, and that is just one dimension of his talent. Movies that he directed more than 40 years ago still set the highest standards for artistic innovation, and we are sure that will be true 40 years from now. Cinematographers loved working on Stanley Donen films.”

Donen’s work includes “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “The Pajama Game,” “Funny Face,” “Charade,” “Bedazzled,” “Two for the Road,” “Movie Movie” and “Damn Yankees!”

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