Ballhaus to receive Bavarian Film Prize


MUNICH -- German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, whose work on "The Fabulous Baker Boys," "Broadcast News" and "Gangs of New York" garnered him Oscar nominations, will receive a Bavarian Film Prize for lifetime achievement when the awards ceremony is broadcast from Munich on Jan. 18, organizers announced Thursday.

Ballhaus, who made his name as the man behind the camera for Rainer Werner Fassbinder in the 1970s, has directed photography for more than 80 films during his career. His most recent work was on Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-winning "The Departed." He has been Scorsese's cinematographer of choice for years, earning BAFTA nominations for "Gangs" as well as "GoodFellas."

This year, Ballhaus won the International Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers, the first German to do so. In his home country he has already won the German Film Prize twice, a Golden Screen award, a German Camera award, a European Film award and a Berlinale Camera from the Berlin International Film Festival.