Lensers honor Wise with governors nod

The American Society of Cinematographers has named Robert Wise recipient of its 1997 Board of Governors Award, to be presented at the org’s annual awards dinner on Feb. 23.

“Robert Wise is the ultimate role model for anyone who wants to be a complete filmmaker,” ASC president Victor Kemper said in a statement.

Wise snagged Oscars for helming “West Side Story” with Jerome Robbins and “The Sound of Music” in 1965. He also produced both films. His other films as director or producer-director include “The Body Snatcher,” “The Set-Up,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “Executive Suite,” “Somebody Up There Likes Me,” “The Sand Pebbles,” “The Haunting,” “The Andromeda Strain,” “The Hindenburg” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.”

Wise was also editor on such films as “Citizen Kane,” “The Magnificent Ambersons,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1939), “The Devil and Daniel Webster” and “My Favorite Wife.”

He has served as president of both the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and was a member of the National Council of the Arts. He’s been active in programs aimed at assisting film schools and students.

His first job in Hollywood was carrying prints from RKO Studios’ edit rooms to projection booths. He later became an apprentice sound effects editor, eventually working his way up to staff editor. He earned his first Oscar nomination for editing “Citizen Kane.”

Other 1997 ASC honorees include Owen Roizman, Lifetime Achievement winner, and Raoul Coutard, International Achievement winner.

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