The American Society of Cinematographers

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Annette Bening Will Receive ASC Board of Governors Award

January 16, 2008

Annette Bening will receive the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Board of Governors Award which is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to advancing the global art of filmmaking. The presentation will be made during the 22nd Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration on Saturday, January 26, here at the Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom.

“The ASC Board of Governors Award is reserved for individuals from other sectors of the film industry who have earned the admiration of our members,” says Russ Alsobrook, ASC, chairman of the organization’s Awards Committee. “Annette Bening is a notable addition to a diverse and venerable list of recipients of this recognition.”

Previous recipients include Bening’s husband Warren Beatty; Gregory Peck; Charles Champlin; Sheldon Leonard; Fay Kanin; Steven Spielberg; Martin Scorsese; Jodie Foster; Robert Wise; Francis Ford Coppola; Robert Altman; Sally Field; Stanley Donen; Norman Jewison; Irwin Winkler; Gilbert Cates; Sydney Pollack; and Ron Howard.

“Annette Bening has earned the respect and admiration of our members,” says ASC President Daryn Okada. “She is an extraordinarily talented actress whose collaborative spirit and demeanor inspires everyone around her to reach for the stars.”

Bening has earned Oscar nominations for her performances in The Grifters, American Beauty and Being Julia, and an Emmy nomination for the television miniseries Mrs. Harris. Bening has also made indelible impressions on moviegoers with her portrayals of memorable characters in such diverse films as Running With Scissors, The American President, Richard III, Bugsy, Postcards from the Edge and Valmont.

Bening was born in Topeka, Kan., in 1958. Her family moved to San Diego, where she performed in high school plays. Bening majored in drama at San Francisco State University and at the American Conservatory Theater, where she was a member of the acting company. She launched her career on Broadway with a Best Actress Tony Award nomination for her performance Coastal Disturbances in 1987. She was named International Newcomer of the Year by the London Film Critics Circle in 1991.