Magazine article Variety

Man with the Cinematic Eye

Magazine article Variety

Man with the Cinematic Eye

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IF OWEN ROIZMAN had lived his childhood dream, he would have played baseball. Rather than keeping his eye on the literal ball, he focused on camera work instead - a decision that paid offwith five Academy Award nominations for cinematography on "The French Connection," "The Exorcist," "Network," "Tootsie" and "Wyatt Earp." On Nov. 11, he'll receive a Governors Award in recognition of his accomplishments.

Roizman's father, Sol, had been a cameraman for Fox MovieTone News, but Owen hadn't initially planned to follow in his father's footsteps.

"When I went to school, I was best in math and physics, but when I went to job interviews my senior year and asked how much money I could make [in those fields], it wasn't very exciting," he says. "So I asked my father how much I could make as an assistant cameraman, and it was a lot more than a physicist or a mathematician, so I figured, 'I'm going for the money!'"

Once in Hollywood, however, it quickly became evident that Roizman wasn't in it just for the money: he was in it to deliver the best possible work.

"Not only do I applaud Owen's expertise, but I think he's an artist," says Dustin Hoffman, who worked with Roizman on "Straight Time" and "Tootsie. …

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