The American Society of Cinematographers said Thursday that Jeff Bridges will receive the group’s 2019 Board of Governors Award. The honor will be bestowed February 9 at the 33rd annual ASC Awards at Hollywood & Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom.
The award, the only one the society doesn’t give to a cinematographer, is given to individuals whose body of work has made significant and indelible contributions to cinema, and who have been champions for directors of photography and the visual art form.
Bridges, who just received the Hollywood Foreign Press’ Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, is a seven-time Oscar nominee who won the Best Actor Oscar in 2010. The ASC said that Bridges regularly takes behind-the-scenes pictures of the actors, crew and locations. After completion of each movie, he edits the images into a book and presents copies to his collaborators. The photos have been published in Premiere and Aperture, and have been part of gallery exhibitions.
“Jeff Bridges is an extraordinary talent on the screen, and also a remarkable person off screen,” ASC president Kees van Oostrum said in announcing the award, which comes as the society celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. “He is beloved by many for his achievements as an outstanding Oscar-winning actor. We at the ASC feel like Jeff is one of us, because he shares our passion for creating artful imagery through his still photography. We are incredibly honored to present him with our Board of Governors Award.”