Magazine article American Cinematographer

Their Peers Have Chosen

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Their Peers Have Chosen

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Philip Lathrop, Allen Daviau and Woody Omens are directors of photography who received awards in recent ceremonies honoring their work. More than 300 guests and honorees gathered on March 6 to witness the second Annual Awards for Outstanding Cinematography given by the ASC at an event in the Alfred Hitchcock Theatre at Universal Studios. The ceremony was followed by cocktails and dinner at the studio commissary.

Celebrities participated in the presentations which also included a Lifetime Achievement Award given to George Folsey, ASC, noting his 60 years of contributions to the motion picture industry.

Daviau was cited for his cinematography of Empire of the Sun, a theatrical release. Lathrop was honored for Christmas Snow, a television special; and Omens received his honor for the pilot of Heart of the City, an episode of a television series.

Folsey's award was given to him by Nina Foch and Earl Holliman, veteran stars of the industry who had appeared in pictures photographed by Folsey. Michael Landon and Jill Eikenberry presented the television series episode prize to Omens and Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross bestowed Lathrop with his honor. Charlton Heston gave the theatrical award to Daviau.

A nine foot tall replica of the award - a golden camera en cased in lucite - was unveiled by Cheryl Ladd and Dennis Weaver. Michael Tucker introduced the President's Film, a review of 68 years of past presidents of the American Society of Cinematographers. Brief clips of the awardwinning nominations were shown to an appreciative audience.

Michael Margulies, ASC, awards committee chairman, opened the evening with brief remarks and an introduction of Harry Wolf, ASC president, who likened the motion picture to a time machine:

"Motion pictures began with the cinematographer and, from the beginning, there were times when the camera was seduced into yielding something more than a pictorial record something that can be called art. …

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