ASC lifetime kudo in focus

Kline to be honored on Feb. 26

Two-time Oscar nominee Richard H. Kline will receive the American Society of Cinematographers’ lifetime achievement award.

Kudos will be presented at the 20th annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards on Feb. 26 at the Century Plaza Hotel. Org made the announcement Tuesday in ceremonies at ASC headquarters with past winners William Fraker, Fred Koenekamp, Laszlo Kovacs, Owen Roizman and Vilmos Zsigmond in attendance.

Russ Alsobrook, who chairs the org’s awards committee, cited Kline’s ability to shoot films that fit the narrative. “Every single film of Richard’s has a different style because his style came from the story,” he added.

Kline has more than 50 credits, beginning in 1964 with the TV series “Mr. Novak.” He earned Oscar nominations for “Camelot” in 1968 and “King Kong” in 1977; other credits include “The Andromeda Strain,” “Soylent Green,” “The Mechanic,” “The Terminal Man,” “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” “Body Heat,” “All of Me” and “Who’ll Stop the Rain.”

His father, Benjamin Kline, was a cinematographer and is credited with more than 350 films; his uncles were Phil Rosen, first president of ASC in 1919, and Sol Halprin, who also served as ASC president. “I think a penchant for cinematography must be in my genes,” Kline said.

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