Prolific filmmaker Richard Donner, has been selected by the Board of Directors of the American Cinema Editors (ACE) to be honored with the organization's prestigious ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award. Donner's wife and producing partner, Lauren Shuler Donner, will present the honor to her husband at the 59th Annual ACE Eddie Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 15, 2009 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, it was officially announced today by the ACE Board of Directors.
"Richard Donner is one of the most successful and well respected filmmakers in this industry," said the ACE Board of Directors in a press statement. "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, re-invented a genre with THE OMEN and created two of the most successful film franchises in Hollywood history with the LEATHAL 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."
Donner's directorial credits include THE OMEN, SUPERMAN, SUPERMAN II, LETHAL WEAPON, LETHAL WEAPON 2, LETHAL WEAPON 3, LETHAL WEAPON 4, MAVERICK, SCROOGED, CONSPIRACY THEORY, THE GOONIES and 16 BLOCKS, among others. As a producer, his films credits include the FREE WILLY franchise, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, the X-MEN franchise and others. Donner's work also extends to the small screen where he has directed episodes of THE FUGITIVE, IRONSIDE, THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, KOJAK, TALES FROM THE CRYPT and THE WILD WILD WEST, among others.
ACE, the entertainment industry's honorary society of film editors, is comprised of over 550 accomplished editors working in film and television. The ACE Eddie Awards recognize outstanding editing in nine categories of film, television and documentaries. Nominees for the 59th Annual ACE Eddie Awards were announced on January 12, 2009 and can be viewed online on the ACE website (www.americancinemaeditors.com). Tickets to the black-tie ceremony are available by calling the ACE office at (818) 777-2900.