Harrison Ford receives cinematographers award
Harrison Ford has been announced as the recipient of this years Cinematography Guild's lifetime achievement award, an award which I'm rather on the fence about whether it's been given on merit through his career, or simply for managing to complete a lifetime career and also starring again as that iconic Indiana Jones.
Sometimes I wonder that in modern day Hollywood where iconic actors and career defining roles are so thin on the ground, if these awards are just given out for making it to almost retirement age.
When I look at Harrison Ford's career I see a lot of negatives to go with those positives, and when I look at the positives I'm wondering if they really merit an honour above all his peers.
Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, Witness, Regarding Henry, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger...and out of fifty eight films, thirty five of them coming after his big Star Wars break, I'm surprised there's so many that don't stand out. That's not true actually, there are some films that stand out, but only for being really bad.
So is Harrison Ford really deserving of the honour from the Cinematography Guild as Variety tells us? Indeed are many of the recipients of lifetime awards these days?