Richard Donner selected for ACE Award

Named filmmaker of the year by editors' group

The American Cinema Editors will honor producer-director Richard Donner with its ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award.

Lauren Shuler Donner, his wife and producing partner, will present the award to him at the 59th annual ACE Eddie Awards on Feb. 15 at the Beverly Hilton.

"Richard Donner is one of the most successful and well-respected filmmakers in this industry," the ACE board of directors said. "His incredibly varied body of work includes films that have been engaging, inspiring and entertaining audiences for over 40 years. He single-handedly created a new genre when he directed 'Superman,' reinvented a genre with 'The Omen' and created two of the most successful film franchises in Hollywood history with the 'Lethal Weapon' and 'X-Men' films. His love and respect for the craft of editing is well-known, so it gives our organization great delight to present him with our highest honor for his tremendous achievements."

As a producer, Donner's other credits include the "Free Willy" franchise and "Any Given Sunday." For TV, he has directed episodes of "The Fugitive," "Ironside," "The Six Million Dollar Man," "Kojak," "Tales From the Crypt," and "The Wild Wild West."