Date: 6th October 2000
The only living cinematographer to have earned three Academy Awards will be feted with a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Cinematographers.
VITTORIO STORARO will be honoured on 18 February (01). The society announced the selection during a luncheon Wednesday (4OC00) at the group's clubhouse in Hollywood.
Awards Committee co-chairman Owen Roizman introduced the triple Oscar-winner to the audience as "the Tiger Woods of cinematography," noting that "right now, nobody on the planet deserves this award more than Vittorio." Storaro accepted with an eloquent speech about his inspirations and early career, crediting FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA with helping him conquer his initial shyness about his work.
Storaro's bravura camerawork in Coppola's 1979 Vietnam project APOCALYPSE NOW brought him his first Academy Award. His two subsequent statuettes were earned for REDS and THE LAST EMPEROR.