Helmer to get lifetime achievement award
Norman Jewison has been selected as the recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the Directors Guild of America.
Jewison will receive the honor at the 62nd Annual DGA Awards on Jan. 30 at the Century Plaza.
“He is an incredible filmmaker whose calm, affable manner belies a ferocious creative fire within,” said DGA president Taylor Hackford. “There are very few filmmakers whose body of work moves so fluidly between romantic comedy and political thriller, musical and satire, with an ease and an eloquence that few could hope to match.”
The DGA Lifetime winner is selected by the current and past presidents. Jewison is the 33rd recipient and joins Cecil B. DeMille, Frank Capra, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Billy Wilder, Akira Kurosawa, Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and most recently, Clint Eastwood in 2006.
Jewison has been nominated for three DGA Awards and for four Oscars and his films have received a dozen Academy Awards. In 1999, Jewison received the Irving Thalberg Award.
He began his career in show business as an actor on stage and radio in Canada. His film director debut came with the 1962 comedy “40 Pounds of Trouble” and he received his first DGA nom for “The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming” four years later.
Jewison received another DGA nomination and his first Oscar nom for “In the Heat of the Night.” Jewison’s third DGA nod came for “A Soldier’s Story” while his additional Oscar noms were for “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Moonstruck.”
Jewison and his Yorktown Prods. produced Hal Ashby’s first film, “The Landlord,” and the television series “Picture Windows.” He founded the Canadian Film Centre in 1986 and was made a Companion to The Order of Canada in 1992.
His autobiography “This Terrible Business Has Been Good to Me” was published in 2004.