ASC's lifetime award to Daviau

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The man who shot "Empire of the Sun," "E.T. the Extraterrestrial" and "The Color Purple" will be recognized for his life's work by the American Society of Cinematographers.

Allen Daviau, a five-time Oscar nominee for cinematography, will be honored Feb. 18 with the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award at the 21st Annual ASC Awards at the Century Plaza.

In addition to his artistic contributions to film, Daviau is a generous mentor to young cinematographers and actively tests and experiments with new motion picture production and postproduction tools.

"You should be scared every day you go to work," Daviau said. "There should be something that is daunting to you that you haven't eliminated all doubts about. There should be something that keeps you awake at night."

Daviau also is a three-time ASC nominee. Among his more than 25 movie credits, Daviau is responsible for the photography of "Van Helsing," "Bugsy," "Fearless" and "Avalon." He also shot Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey in their first film roles.

"I am certain that some of Allen's most important work is still ahead of him, but he has already made an indelible impression on the art of filmmaking," ASC president Daryn Okada said.
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