Campanelli and Mitchell Win Top SOC Honors

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Tue, 02/28/2012 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Stephen Campanelli and Andrew Mitchell claimed top honors in the two competitive categories at the 2012 Society of Camera Operators annual Lifetime Achievement Awards celebration in the Leonard H. Goldenson Theater at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Campanelli won Feature Film Camera Operator of the Year for J. Edgar and Mitchell won Television Camera Operator of the Year for his work on Glee. Campanelli was previously nominated for Hereafter in 2011 and The Changeling in 2009. The other nominees in the feature film category were Will Arnot (The Help) Mitch Dubin (Warhorse) Peter Rosenfeld (Cowboys and Aliens) and P. Scott Sakamoto (The Defendants). Mitchell’s win for Glee marked his first nomination in the category. The other nominees in the Television category were Grayson Austin (Memphis Beat) Greg Collier (Bones) Simon Jayes (True Blood) and Chris Tufty (The Close). Earlier in the night Campanelli presented the SOC Board of Governors Award to four-time Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood in recognition of his contribution to the art and craft of filmmaking his vast body of work and his respect for the many contributions that a camera operator brings to every production. Eastwood and Campanelli have worked together on every Eastwood film from Bridges of Madison County to J. Edgar   a collaboration lasting more than 18 years. The SOC Lifetime Achievement Award for Camera Operating was given to Paul Babin. Known for working with top directors such as Steven Spielberg Francis Ford Coppola Barry Levinson and James Cameron Babin added his technical and artistic contributions to an array of films including The Abyss Always Fearless True Lies The Rainmaker and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Pictured left to right: Andrew Mitchell Mike Frediani president of SOC and Stephen Campanelli.