The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) announced the winners of its Camera Operator of the Year awards in the Film and Television categories on Saturday night at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, where All Quiet on the Western Front and Ozark triumphed, making Netflix the night’s big winner. It marked the first year where there were six nominees for Camera Operator of the Year in both categories.
Colin Farrell, the Oscar-nominated star of The Banshees of Inisherin, was presented with the SOC’s Governors Award during the ceremony, where the organization also presented Lifetime Achievement Awards to Don Devine, SOC, as Camera Operator Film and Television; Charlie Huntley, as Camera Operator Live and Non-Scripted; Tommy Klines for Camera Technician; Darryl Humber for Mobile Platform Camera Operator, and Bruce McBroom for Still Photographer.
ARRI and Hudson Spider received the SOC Technical Achievement Award for the ARRI ALEXA 35mm Cinema Camera, the smallest fully-featured ARRI production cinema camera ever, and the Hudson Spider Slider, a compounding slider that is 2ft in length and provides the travel of a 4ft slider.
The SOC also recognized the Gordon Parks Foundation for the famed photographer’s leadership as a pioneer in the social justice movement. Parks was a humanitarian with a deep commitment to social justice who 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.
For a second year in a row, the SOC expanded the nominations to include collaborative efforts and teams of operators with a chance to be honored and nominated together for a SOC award.
This year’s winners are:
Camera Operator of the Year – Film:
● Lukasz Bielan – Bullet Train
● Daniel Bishop, SOC – All Quiet on the Western Front – WINNER
● Mitch Dubin, SOC – The Fabelmans, with Colin Anderson, SOC, “B” Camera / Steadicam Operator
● Jason Ellson, SOC – Elvis
● Geoffrey Haley, SOC – The Gray Man
● Ari Robbins, SOC – Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
Camera Operator of the Year – Television:
● Dave Chameides, SOC – Ozark, S4 Ep 14, “A Hard Way to Go” with Cristian Trova, SOC, “B” Camera Operator – WINNER
● Sam Ellison, SOC – Severance, S1 Ep 3, “In Perpetuity” with Stanley Fernandez, Camera Operator
● Sarah Levy, SOC – Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, S1 Ep 5, “Pieces of a Man” with Dominic Bartolone, SOC, “B” Camera / Steadicam Operator, Justin Cameron, SOC, “C” Camera Operator, John Lyke, Roller Cam Operator
● Gary Malouf – The Bear, S1 Ep7, “The Review”, with Chris Dame, “B” Camera Operator
● Jarrett Morgan, SOC – Atlanta, S3 Ep 5, “Cancer Attack”
● Paul Sanchez – The Old Man, S1 Ep 1, “I” with Hilton Goring, “B” Camera Operator
The SOC Lifetime Achievement Awards are given in recognition of outstanding achievement by an established person within the field of film and video production. For further information about the SOC and its awards, visit SOC.org.