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Denzel Washington to Be Honored by American Society of Cinematographers

Variety logo Variety 12/13/2016 Dave McNary
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The American Society of Cinematographers has selected Denzel Washington as the recipient of its Board of Governors Award.

Washington will be presented with the honor on Feb. 4 during the 31st ASC Awards at Hollywood and Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom. The organization presents the accolade to individuals in the industry whose body of work has made “significant and indelible contributions” to cinema.

The organization said in a statement, “It is the only ASC Award not given to a cinematographer, and is reserved for filmmakers who have been champions for directors of photography and the visual art form.”

Washington made his directorial debut with “Antwone Fisher” in 2002 and directed “The Great Debaters” in 2007. He directed and produced “Fences,” written by August Wilson and based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The movie will be released on Christmas Day. Washington also reprises his original Tony Award-winning role alongside Viola Davis.

“Denzel Washington is an amazing director and actor, and a conscious force in these challenging times,” said ASC president Kees van Oostrum. “A true artist is empowered by the era they live in, and he expresses an awareness of the world around us through his work. It is that strength of character that we honor with the ASC Governors Award.”

Washington has starred in more than 50 films and television shows. He received his first Academy Award for the historical war drama “Glory” in 1989 and a second for crime thriller “Training Day” in 2001. He was nominated four other times for “Cry Freedom,” “Malcolm X,” “The Hurricane,” and “Flight.”

Washington is a recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to him at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards earlier this year. He received a Golden Globe nomination on Monday for “Fences.”

Previous recipients of the ASC Board of Governors Award include Ridley Scott, Barbra Streisand, Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Christopher Nolan, Warren Beatty, Francis Ford Coppola, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Ron Howard, Sydney Pollack, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg.

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