The Society of Camera Operators has announced the nominees for the Camera Operator of the Year awards for the Film and Television categories. Nominees will be awarded live and in-person at the Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 25 during the annual Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Awards. In a first for the awards, the SOC has announced six nominees for Camera Operator of the Year in both the Film and Television categories.
“It was truly an unprecedented year in the sheer number of projects submitted for consideration for the Camera Operator of the Year awards,” said George Billinger, SOC president and Awards Chair. “After receiving an overwhelming number of submissions, it is in the SOC’s best interest to make an amendment to the number of qualifying nominations.”
Billinger added, “We proudly acknowledge how much the SOC has grown and realize the importance and sincerity of what our awards truly mean to the industry at large. By announcing six nominees for each category, most including teams, we feel it best reflects the totality of the work submitted, the integrity of the SOC, and how much we value the craft.”
The Gordon Parks Foundation will also be recognized during the awards for Parks’ leadership and pioneering of social justice. Parks, one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century, was a humanitarian with a deep commitment to social justice; he left behind an exceptional body of work that documents American life and culture from the early 1940s into the 2000s, with a focus on race relations, poverty, civil rights, and urban life. At the end of last year, the SOC’s Board of Governors, presented The Gordon Parks Foundation with an honorary membership, bestowed by Nikk Hearn-Sutton, SOC, Co-Chair Inclusion Committee and Board of Governors Member.
The blacktie affair will also celebrate the nominees and recipients of the Technical Achievement Award and Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Awards for Camera Operator, Camera Technician, Live and Non-Scripted, Still Photographer, Mobile Camera Platform Operator, Governors, and President’s award.
For a second year in a row, the SOC has expanded the nominations to include collaborative efforts and teams of operators with a chance to be honored and nominated together for an SOC award.
Camera Operator of the Year – Film Nominees
Lukasz Bielan - Bullet Train
Daniel Bishop - All Quiet on the Western Front
Mitch Dubin - The Fabelmans, with Colin Anderson, B Camera / Steadicam Operator
Jason Ellson - Elvis
Geoffrey Haley - The Gray Man
Ari Robbins - Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
Camera Operator of the Year – Television Nominees
Dave Chameides - Ozark, S 4 Ep 14, A Hard Way to Go with Cristian Trova, B Camera Operator
Sam Ellison - Severance, S 1 Ep 3, In Perpetuity with Stanley Fernandez, Camera Operator
Sarah Levy - Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, S 1 Ep 5, Pieces of a Man with Dominic Bartolone B Camera / Steadicam Operator, Justin Cameron, C Camera Operator, John Lyke, Roller Cam Operator
Gary Malouf - The Bear, S1 Ep7, The Revie, with Chris Dame, B Camera Operator
Jarrett Morgan - Atlanta, S 3 Ep 5, Cancer Attack
Paul Sanchez - The Old Man, S 1 Ep 1, I with Hilton Goring, B Camera Operator
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