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Caleb Deschanel to receive Lifetime Achievement Award from American Society of Cinematographers

November 2, 2009 |  2:28 pm


Caleb Deschanel has been announced as the recipient of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Lifetime Achievement Award.

The five-time Oscar nominee's long and storied career will be feted as part of the 24th annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards on Feb. 27, 2010. As the latest honoree of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Deschanel joins an august company of fellow cinematographers that includes such legends as Stanley Cortez ("The Magnificent Ambersons"), Joseph Biroc ("Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte"), Conrad Hall ("Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"), Vilmos Zsigmond ("Close Encounters of the Third Kind"), Vittorio Storaro ("The Last Emperor") and Sven Nykivst ("Cries and Whispers").

Deschanel, a USC film studies graduate and recipient of an American Film Institute Fellowship, began his career behind the camera with educational films before apprenticing under two-time Oscar-nominated director of photography Gordon Willis ("The Godfather"). His first major solo credit was "The Black Stallion" (1979) for then-neighbor Carroll Ballard and executive producer Francis Ford Coppola, who later produced Deschanel's directorial debut, "The Escape Artist," in 1982. Deschanel received Oscar nominations for his work on "The Right Stuff," "The Natural," Fly Away Home," "The Patriot" and "The Passion of the Christ"; his most recent efforts include "National Treasure," "The Spiderwick Chronicles" and "My Sister's Keeper."

He's the husband of actress Mary Jo Deschanel and father to zeitgeist performers Zooey and Emily Deschanel.

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Photo: Caleb Deschanel. Credit: Getty Images.