Owen Roizman, ASC
The son of cameraman Sol Roizman, Owen Roizman, ASC grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he dreamt of becoming a baseball player. He began working for a camera rental house during his summers, and after studying physics and math in college, he decided to find employment as a camera assistant. This in turn led to work as an operator, and Roizman then notched his first director of photography credits on the features Stop (which was never released) and The French Connection. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the latter, and was again nominated for his work on The Exorcist, Network, Tootsie and Wyatt Earp. In 1997, the ASC presented Roizman with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Haskell Wexler, ASC
Born in Chicago in 1922, Haskell Wexler, ASC, is one of the most influential cinematographers in film history. In a career that has spanned six decades, he has received five Academy Award nominations, winning the prize for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and Bound for Glory(1976). Medium Cool (1969), a fiction/nonfiction hybrid that he wrote, directed and photographed, is considered a landmark in American film. His feature credits also include In the Heat of the Night (1967), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), Coming Home (1978), Matewan (1987), Blaze (1989) and Who Needs Sleep? (2006). He received the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993.
Gordon Willis, ASC
Gordon Willis, ASC, had a seismic influence on his chosen art form. One of a handful of cinematographers whose work came to define the American New Wave of the 1970s, Willis became renowned for his inventive visuals in The Godfather, Klute, Manhattan, The Parallax View, All the President’s Men and Annie Hall, among other titles. He earned two Academy Award nominations, for Zelig and The Godfather Part III, and was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2009. The ASC honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995.
John C. Flinn, III, ASC and Sol Negrin, ASC
Born in Los Angeles, California, John C. Flinn, III, ASC rose to the director of photography rank in 1979. He has since been nominated for seven Emmys, once for the series Magnum P.I., twice for Jake and the Fatman, twice for Babylon 5, one each for the television movies The Operation and Hunter: Back in Force. He won an ASC Award for Jake and the Fatman and two nominations. His television credits include Hill Street Blues, Gilmore Girls and Saving Grace.
Born in New York City, New York, Sol Negrin, ASC rose to the director of photography rank in 1972. He has since been nominated for five Emmys, three for the series Kojak, one for the television movie The Last Tenant and the last for an episode of Baker’s Dozen. His television credits include McCloud, St. Elsewhere and Women at West Point.
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