Ang Lee to be honored by Directors Guild of America

Taipei, Acclaimed Taiwanese movie director Ang Lee (??) will be honored this year for his contributions to the industry as a pioneering filmmaker, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) announced Wednesday.

DGA President Thomas Schlamme said that New York, the cultural epicenter of entertainment, labor and politics, is "where a legendary director like Lee, as a budding Taiwanese filmmaker, came to get started."

According to the DGA, Lee is widely recognized for his artistic risk-taking, and filmmaking achievements across a range of genres.

His directing credits include Brokeback Mountain, for which he won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement and the Academy Award in 2005, and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, for which he won the DGA Award in 2000, it said.

The American-based director is also the only person from Asia to have won two Oscars for best director -- for "Brokeback Mountain" and "Life of Pi," which was released in 2012.

Along with Lee, the other DGA honorees named Wednesday were Fox Searchlight Chairman Nancy Utley, United States Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), costume designer Ann Roth, and John McGuire, senior advisor to the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).

The 2018 DGA Honors ceremony will be held at the DGA Theater in New York City on October 18.

Founded in 1936, DGA Honors recognize individuals and institutions that have made distinguished contributions to American culture through the world of film and television, and recognizes the diversity of achievement -- in business, government, and labor -- required to produce the best entertainment in the world, according to its website.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel