The American Society of Cinematographers has pegged Barbra Streisand to receive its 2015 Board of Governors Award, to be given to the actress-filmmaker-recording artist at the organization’s 29th annual awards gala Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
The Board of Governors citation is meant to recognize “extraordinary achievements in advancing the art and craft of filmmaking,” according to the ASC, but it has also allowed the 96-year-old society of upper-echelon below-the-liners to bring some extra star power to the party, and for the male-centric brotherhood to mix it up a little. Streisand’s female predecessors include Sally Field and Julia Roberts, but her multidisciplinary efforts have overlapped, and exceeded, most of the others, including Warren Beatty, Sydney Pollack, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan.
If Streisand is one of the most versatile, and decorated, entertainers of the last century (she’s that rare EGOT winner, and has earned career kudos from the Kennedy Center, the Recording Academy and the AFI), it’s her work in front of and behind the camera that the ASC is mostly celebrating. “We look forward to celebrating her groundbreaking contributions to the art of filmmaking,” said ASC president Richard Crudo in a statement. “And her skill in working with cinematographers in achieving her vision is a hallmark of her directorial work.”
Like Beatty, the two-time Oscar winner (“Funny Girl,” “A Star Is Born”) has simultaneously acted in, directed, written and produced studio features, most notably “Yentl,” which was shot by Oscar-winning Brit d.p. David Watkin (“Out of Africa”). Her other multi-hyphenate efforts, “The Prince of Tides” and “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” were lensed by Stephen Goldblatt and Andrzej Bartkowiak/Dante Spinotti, respectively.