Following in the footsteps of such d.p. brahmins as Gordon Willis, Vilmos Zsigmond, Vittorio Storaro and Conrad Hall, John Bailey will be the 27th recipient of the American Society of Cinematographers’ Lifetime Achievement Award. He’ll receive the kudo at the 29th Annual ASC Awards on Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century City.
Bailey, whose credits include “Ordinary People,” “The Big Chill,” “As Good As It Gets” and the upcoming “A Walk in the Woods,” is not only still active in his discipline — not always the case with past Lifetime award recipients — but is quite active in the showbiz community as a mentor, scholar and ambassador for the profession. His blog, “John’s Bailiwick,” is one of the more distinguishing features of ASC’s website, he has lectured at UCLA and is currently fulfilling VP duties at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where he oversees the cinematography branch with fellow Lifetime Award recipients Caleb Deschanel and Dante Spinotti.
Also receiving career honors at ASC’s annual fete will be Phil Méheux, who will receive the org’s International Award; Bill Roe, earmarked for the Career Achievement in Television Award; and Matthew Leonetti, recipient of the Presidents Award.
“These four individuals have set the standard for excellence that push us all forward in this industry,” said ASC president Richard Crudo in a statement. “Their artistry and skill reflects in their body of work as well as in their lives and relationships with colleagues. We are proud to honor them.”
The U.K.-born Méheux, who hails from Kent, is known for his work on the Bond films “Casino Royale,” for which he received the top feature award from the British Society of Cinematographers, and “GoldenEye,” as well as his breakthrough feature, “The Long Good Friday”; two modern-day Zorro movies, “The Mask of Zorro” and “The Legend of Zorro”; and a remake of “Around the World in 80 Days” (2004). he served as BSC president from 2002-2006.
Roe has been nominated for three Emmys for his work on “The X-Files” and “Faith of My Fathers,” and won two back-to-back ASC awards for “The X-Files” in 1999, 2000). His TV credits also include “Brooklyn South,” “Las Vegas” and “Mad Men,” as well as the pilots for “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and “The Mentalist.”
Leonetti, being recognized for his work as well as his “dedication to the ASC,” has shot such films as the remakes of “Dawn of the Dead” (2004) and “The Heartbreak Kid” (2007), as well as “Poltergeist,” “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “Jagged Edge.” He’s also the d.p. on the upcoming “Dumb and Dumber To.”