Society of Camera Operators Announces Geoffrey Haley, SOC, Cherry and Jim McConkey, SOC, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel As Camera Operators of the Year

The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) just announced the recipients for Camera Operator of the Year in Film is Geoffrey Haley, SOC and in the Television category: Jim McConkey, SOC. The award recipients were celebrated among industry peers and colleagues during the virtual 2021 Camera Operator of the Year Awards and Creative Vision Celebration on Sunday April 11, 2021.
 
Hundreds of viewers from around the globe tuned in Sunday evening to the SOC’s annual award show. For the first time in the event’s history, the award show was hosted through a virtual platform due to the current world pandemic, offering a refreshing and innovative viewing experience.
 
Geoffrey Haley, SOC took home the title of Camera Operator of the Year in Film for his work on Cherry. Haley topped a talented group of nominees in the film category including: Don Devine, SOC & George Billinger, SOC (Greyhound); Jason Ellson, SOC (Mulan); John “Buzz” Moyer, SOC (The Hunt); and Sasha Proctor, SOC (The Outpost).
 
Jim McConkey, SOC was awarded Camera Operator of the Year in Television for his work on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The TV category nominees included: Don Devine, SOC (Perry Mason); Simon Jayes, SOC (The Mandalorian); Andrew Mitchell, SOC (Ratched); Henry Tirl, (Wandavision).
 
Bringing the community closer together than ever before, the virtual experience showcased a look through the last year, including a segment reflecting on the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as featuring bloopers, behind the scenes moments, live interviews during the show, inspiring stories of perseverance, education, and more. It was an inspiring and emotional evening with many tears shared during the award’s ‘Tribute to Toasts’ live segment, where the SOC acknowledged the many deaths from the last year with a toast and personal tributes.
 
In addition to celebrating the achievements by the exceptional film makers and crews, the SOC Awards proudly welcomed Dr. Thomas Lee from the Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to center screen to the salute to the success of the SOC’s continued charitable efforts for the charity group, including filming the charity’s fundraising videos.
 
Following the award show, guests, nominees, and award recipients were invited to a virtual after party. Hosted by different nominees, the after party featured four breakout rooms, allowing attendees to select their desired after party room and not only chat (virtually) to the breakout room host, but also to others in attendance.

Awards Speeches & Videos

Still Photographer – Frank Masi

Distinguished Service Award – Steven Poster, ASC

Governors Award – Natalie Portman

President’s Award – Jamie Lee Curtis

Camera Operator Live & Non-scripted – Dave Levisohn

Camera Operator of the Year Award, Television –Jim McConkey, SOC
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Technical Achievement Award – SONY Venice, Rialto Extension System

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – Dr. Thomas Lee

Camera Operator of the Year Award, Film – Geoffrey Haley, SOC
Joker

Mobile Platform Camera Operator Award – J “Moose” Howery

Camera Technician – Heather Norton

Camera Operator Lifetime Achievement Award – Colin Anderson, SOC

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Chapter 1

Opening Remarks, George Billinger, SOC
Still Photographer Award, Frank Masi
President’s Award, Jamie Lee Curtis

Chapter 4

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Vision Center
Camera Technician Award, Heather Norton

Chapter 2

Technical Achievement Award, Sony Rialto Venice Extension System,
Mobile Camera Platform Award,  J “Moose” Howery

Chapter 5

Governors Award, Natalie Portman
Camera Operator of the Year Television, Jim McConkey, SOC, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Chapter 3

Service Award, Steven Poster, ASC,
Lifetime Achievement Camera Operator Live & Non-Scripted, Dave Levisohn

Chapter 6

Camera Operator of the Year Film, Geoffrey Haley, SOC,  Joker
Camera Operator Award, Colin Anderson, SOC
Closing

Watch the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Awards

Part 1

Opening Remarks, George Billinger, SOC
Mobile Camera Platform Operator Award, John Mang

Part 2

Technical Achievement Awards:
CineMoves, MATRIX 4 Axis Stabilized Gimbal
Lifetime Achievement Award: Still Photographer
Peter Iovino

Part 3

SOC and CHLA Vision Center
Alicia Robins, Dr. Thomas Lee
Lifetime Achievement Award: Camera Technician
Jimmy Jensen

Part 4

Governors Award, Jane Fonda
Lifetime Achievement Award: Camera Operator, Live & Non-Scripted 
Hector Ramirez

Part 5

Camera Operator of the Year: Television, Chris Haarhoff & Steven Matzinger, Westworld
Camera Operator of the Year: Film, P. Scott Sakamoto, A Star is Born

Part 6

President’s Award, Harrison Ford
Lifetime Achievement Award: Camera Operator, Dave Emmerichs
Closing

Watch the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Awards

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Watch the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards

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