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ASC Salutes Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman will be in the spotlight during the 24th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration Saturday evening (February 27th) at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

The venerable actor will receive the ASC Board of Directors Award. The cinematographers reserve this recognition for colleagues in other sectors of the industry who have earned their admiration. Freeman is in good company. Former recipients include Gregory Peck, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Robert Wise, Francis Ford Coppola,Warren Beatty, Ron Howard, Sally Field, Sydney Pollack and Annette Benning.

Freeman has earned nearly 90 credits on the other side of the camera during the past 40 years. He won an Oscar for his compelling portrayal of Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris in Million Dollar Baby in 2005. There were other Academy Award nominations for Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus. That’s just the short list of his memorable performances in every genre from comedy to drama.

“Morgan is an enormously talented actor,” says Tom Stern, ASC, who was on the other side of the camera during the production of Million Dollar Baby and Invictus. They were both amazing experiences. He became “Scrap Iron” and Nelson Mandela before our eyes and inspired everyone in the cast and crew. I treasure those experiences.”

ASC will also be honoring three of their peers for career achievements. Caleb Deschanel, ASC will receive the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award. Chris Menges, ASC, BSC is the recipient of the 2007 International Achievement Award. John Flinn, ASC is on deck to receive the Career Achievement Award for Television.

I promised to report that while Caleb, Chris and John are receiving career achievement awards from their peers, they are active cinematographers at the peaks of their careers. Stay tuned. Chances are the best is yet to come. ASC will also present Outstanding Achievement awards in three competitive categories, feature films, television movies and episodic programs.

About Bob Fisher

Bob Fisher was born and raised in Brooklyn. He earned a journalism degree from Long Island University, and began his career as a cub reporter at the New York Herald Tribune. Fisher was drafted into the U.S. Army in mid-1958. He served for two years as a journalist at an army base in Anniston, Alabama.That experience gave him a different view of the world. Several weeks before he was scheduled to complete his military obligation, Fisher answered an ad for a six-month job in Los Angeles writing a book based on interviews with members of the American Society of Cinematographers. Fisher had no idea what cinematographers did. The attraction was getting to see Los Angeles. Fisher estimates that he has subsequently written between 3,000 and 4,000 magazine articles about cinematographers and other narrative and documentary filmmakers. He is one of seven living honorary members of the American Society of Cinematographers. Four of the others are astronauts.

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