Norman Jewison, the Oscar-nominated director of In the Heat of the Night, Fiddler on the Roof, and Moonstruck will add another line to his resume on Jan. 30, when the Directors Guild of America gives him its lifetime achievement award. It's a fairly exclusive honor, too -- the DGA has been around for 73 years but only gives lifetime achievement awards occasionally. Jewison is the 33rd recipient; the last one was Clint Eastwood, in 2006.

Jewison, an 83-year-old Toronto native, is a somewhat unusual choice for the DGA in that he hasn't been active lately. The most recent recipients -- Eastwood, Mike Nichols, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola -- had all been working pretty regularly at the time of their awards, but Jewison has only made three theatrical features in the last 15 years: Bogus (1996), The Hurricane (1999), and The Statement (2003).

His past work is exemplary, though. In addition to the films I mentioned, he also made The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966) and A Soldier's Story (1984), both nominated for Best Picture Oscars. (Moonstruck and Fiddler were, too.) Other notable films in his catalog include The Cincinnati Kid (1965), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), Rollerball (1975), and Agnes of God (1985). All told, the 24 theatrical features he's made since 1962 have earned 12 Oscars and another 29 nominations. Jewison himself was given the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award at the 1999 Oscars, in recognition for his work as a producer, a title he has held on almost every film he's directed.
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