Lensers eye Howard for ASC honor

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Ron Howard will receive the American Society of Cinematographers' Board of Governors Award, presented annually to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to advancing the art of filmmaking.

"We have reserved this award for individuals from other sectors of the industry who share our passion for filmmaking as a form of artistic expression," ASC president Daryn Okada said. "Ron Howard brings out the best in everyone. He has inspired countless filmmakers to pursue their dreams and never compromises artistic integrity."

Howard will be feted Feb. 18 during the 21st annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City.

Howard has compiled more than 100 television and cinema credits as an actor, writer, director and producer. He earned an Oscar in 2002 for directing "A Beautiful Mind" and also co-produced that film, which also claimed best picture.

The former child actor co-founded Imagine Entertainment Inc. in 1986 with longtime friend and producer Brian Grazer. They have produced an array of films that Howard also directed, including "Willow," "Parenthood," "Apollo 13," "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "The Missing," "Cinderella Man" and "The Da Vinci Code."

Howard also has produced and occasionally scripted other feature films and television projects for Imagine.
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