The ASC will recognize three of its members and one associate member with honorary awards at the 26th Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, which will take place Feb. 12 in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.
Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; William Wages, ASC, will receive the Career Achievement in Television Award; Francis Kenny, ASC, will receive the Presidents Award; and ASC associate Fred Godfrey will receive the Bud Stone Award of Distinction, an honor that is new this year.
Spinotti began his cinematography career working in the television industry in his native Italy. His first U.S. feature was Michael Mann’s Manhunter (1986), and his numerous stateside credits include The Last of the Mohicans (AC Dec. ’92), Beaches, Heat (AC Jan. ’96), L.A. Confidential (AC Oct. ’97), Wonder Boys, The Insider (AC June ’00), Family Man, Red Dragon (AC Oct. ’02) and the recent release Tower Heist.
Spinotti earned ASC Award nominations for The Last of the Mohicans, L.A. Confidential and The Insider, and he also earned Oscar nominations for the latter two pictures.
Wages counts more than 50 television projects, commercials and documentaries among his credits. He has won ASC Awards twice, for Riders of the Purple Sage (AC May ’97) and Buffalo Soldiers (AC May ’98), and earned six more nominations from the Society for Gore Vidal’s Lincoln (AC April ’89); Caroline? (AC May ’91); Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase, Part 2 (AC May ’91); I’ll Fly Away (pilot, AC May ’92); The Moving of Sophia Myles (AC May ’01); and Miss Lettie and Me.
Wages has also earned two Emmy nominations, for Buffalo Soldiers and Into the West (AC June ’05). His recent credits include the series Burn Notice, episodes of Big Love and the pilot for Saving Grace. He is also renowned in cinematography circles for the tools he has devised on sets over the years, including Wag Bags and Wag Flags.
Kenny began his career volunteering on documentary crews. His feature credits include Heathers, Scary Movie, New Jack City, She’s All That and Class Act, and he is currently shooting the FX series Justified (AC March ’11). He has been the chairman of the ASC Membership Committee for 10 years, and he is currently serving his second term on the Society’s Board of Governors.
Godfrey is the first recipient of the ASC Bud Stone Award of Distinction, named for the late Burton “Bud” Stone, who was president of Deluxe Laboratories in Hollywood from 1976-1994 and served as chairman of the ASC Awards Committee for 17 years. Godfrey’s career in the industry began in a Hollywood warehouse that stored Kodak motion-picture film, and it wasn’t long before he became a customer-service representative at Kodak’s local office. He served as a liaison between the company and cinematographers until he retired in 1986.