Julia Roberts was handed the American Society of Cinematographers’ (ASC) Board of Governors Award, given “to individuals who have made extraordinary achievements to advancing [sic] the art and craft of filmmaking.” Previous recipients of the award include Warren Beatty, Francis Ford Coppola, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Ron Howard, Sydney Pollack, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.
ASC awards committee chair Richard Crudo was quoted as saying that Roberts was a good choice because “cinematographers and actors have a special rapport that begins with a mutual trust. Julia brings something extra to that relationship and further elevates what we do with her beauty and grace. She’s a gift to every cinematographer she works with.”
According to TheWrap’s Steve Pond, after receiving the award from Tom Hanks — who made some crack about Roberts being 25 or whereabouts — the star of Eat Pray Love and Erin Brockovich “reprised a joke she made at the Oscars in 2003 when she paid tribute to cinematographers ‘because I know what I look like at 5:30 in the morning.’”
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