LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6 – Ron Howard will receive the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Board of Governors Award, which is presented annually to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to advancing the art of filmmaking. Howard will be feted during the 21st Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration here on February 18, 2007, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
"Ron Howard is a dedicated filmmaker who is creating an extraordinary legacy of artful and memorable films," says Russ Alsobrook, ASC, chairman of the organization’s Awards Committee. "He has earned the admiration of our members for his collaborative spirit and commitment to the art of visual storytelling."
Howard has compiled more than 100 television and cinema credits as an actor, writer, director and producer. He earned an Oscar for directing A Beautiful Mind and also co-produced that film which claimed Best Motion Picture honors in the 2002 Academy Awards competition. Howard has also earned Emmy Awards for producing the miniseries From the Earth to the Moon and the comedy series Arrested Development. In 2003, Howard was awarded a National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment of the Arts in addition to many other industry accolades.
A short list of his memorable credits include American Graffiti, Happy Days, Night Shift, Splash, Cocoon, Willow, Parenthood, Backdraft, Apollo 13, Far and Away, The Paper, Ransom, Edtv, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Missing, Cinderella Man and The Da Vinci Code. Howard joins a list of venerable previous recipients, including Gregory Peck, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Jodie Foster, Robert Wise, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Altman, Warren Beatty, Sally Field, and Sydney Pollack, among others.
The ASC was organized in January 1919. The organization is dedicated to advancing the evolving art and craft of telling stories with moving images. There are some 280 members from many nations today, and 170 associate members from allied sectors of the industry.