Milos Forman will receive the Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Motion Picture Direction on February 2 at the 65th annual DGA Awards. The helmer won Best Director Oscars and DGA Awards for 1974’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and 1984’s Amadeus. His films have been nominated for 33 Oscars and won 13, with the Jack Nicholson-starring Cuckoo’s Nest sweeping the top five categories at the 1975 Academy Awards. “It is a tremendous privilege to present the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award for feature film to one of the greatest filmmakers of our time, Milos Forman,” DGA president Taylor Hackford said in announcing the award. “No matter what subject or genre he tackles, Milos finds the universality of the human experience in every story, allowing us — his rapt audience — to recognize ourselves within the struggle for free expression and self-determination that Milos so aptly portrays on the silver screen.”
Forman’s credits include The People Vs. Larry Flynt, which earned him a third Best Director Oscar nomination. His other films include Hair, Ragtime, Valmont, Man In The Moon, and Goya’s Ghosts. He also spent many years teaching and running the film studies program at Columbia University. He joined the DGA in 1970 and has served two terms on the National Board.