Producers Guild taps 'Music' man for laurel

HOLLYWOOD — Robert Wise, producer-director of pics including “West Side Story” and “The Sound of Music,” has been tapped to receive the Producers Guild of America’s Milestone Award.

Kudos will be presented March 3 at the 13th annual PGA Awards at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Previous winners include Alfred Hitchcock, Jack L. Warner, Louis B. Mayer, Bob Hope, Steven Spielberg, Kirk Douglas and Sherry Lansing.

Wise has been involved in projects that garnered 67 Academy Awards nominations and 19 Oscars. He won an Academy Award for editing “Citizen Kane” and double Oscars twice for best director and picture for “West Side Story” and “Sound of Music.”

He also produced and directed “The Hindenburg,” “Two People,” “The Sand Pebbles,” “The Haunting” and “Odds Against Tomorrow.” Other credits include “Star Trek: The Movie,” “The Andromeda Strain,” “Run Silent, Run Deep,” “Executive Suite” and “Somebody Up There Likes Me.”

Wise, who began his career in the editing department at RKO Studios, is a past prexy of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. He received the D.W. Griffith Award from the DGA, the Irving G. Thalberg Award from the Acad and the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Being recognized by my peers at the Producers Guild of America is a tremendous honor,” Wise said. “I am thrilled to join such an elite group of past Milestone Award winners and am thankful to the industry that has provided me such wonderful opportunities.”

PGA president Kathleen Kennedy said, “It is a very special thrill to present the Milestone Award to Robert Wise, a true legend. The fact that he not only edited or directed some of the best loved and most influential movies of all time, but also produced many of these brilliant films, makes him the perfect recipient of our highest honor.”

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