Jewison earns lifetime honor from Directors Guild

AP News
Posted: Dec 01, 2009 2:22 PM

Filmmaker Norman Jewison is receiving a lifetime-achievement award from his peers at the Directors Guild of America.

The director, whose films include "In the Heat of the Night," "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Moonstruck," will receive the honor at the guild's annual awards Jan. 30.

Directors Guild President Taylor Hackford says Jewison is a rare filmmaker able to move easily among such genres as musicals, romantic comedy and political thrillers.

The 83-year-old Jewison has been nominated three times for guild honors and received three directing nominations at the Academy Awards.

Past recipient's of the Directors Guild lifetime-achievement honor include Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood.