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Jewison Honored at Film Forum

June 10, 2001

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) _ Director Norman Jewison says fortunate timing has been critical to his success.

Jewison was honored at the Lake Placid Film Forum for a career that has spanned genres and decades, from the 1963 comedy ``Forty Pounds of Trouble″ to the upcoming HBO movie ``Dinner with Friends.″

His movie career began when Tony Curtis wanted to try out a new director for ``Forty Pounds of Trouble,″ and Jewison’s television work caught the actor’s eye.

Being in the right place was again key for Jewison in 1967, when amid America’s racial tensions, he directed ``In the Heat of the Night,″ about a bigoted white Southern sheriff and a hotshot black detective who learn grudging respect for one another.

``Timing is everything,″ Jewison, 74, said.

A penchant for portraying unsung controversial characters has often fueled the director’s work. ``I’ve always enjoyed telling the story of the outsider,″ he said Saturday.

His films have earned 46 Oscar nominations and 12 Academy Awards.

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