Lifetime Achievement Awards

Saturday, January 18, 2020
at the Loews Hollywood Hotel

Lifetime Technical Achievement Awards

Submissions open now until October 24th

The Society of Camera Operators Announces

Geoff Haley, SOC (Joker) and Jim McConkey, SOC (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) As Camera Operators of the Year

Camera Operator of the Year Recipient Geoff Haley, SOC behind the scenes on Joker.

 

Los Angeles, CA (January 19, 2020) — The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) announced the recipients for Camera Operator of the Year in Film is Geoff Haley, SOC and in the Television catergory: Jim McConkey, SOC, during the Lifetime Acheivement Awards on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Hosted at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, the star-studded night was streamed live to thousands internationally while over 500 industry professionals and iconic celebrities celebrated the achievements of excepetional film makers and crews.

Geoff Haley, SOC took home the title of Camera Operator of the Year in Film for his work on the Joker. Haley topped a talented group of nominees in the film category including: Sam Ellison (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood); Craig Haagensen, SOC (Motherless Brooklyn), David Luckenbach, SOC (Ford vs Ferrari); and Dale Myrand, SOC (Knives Out).

 

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: Chris Cuevas (Watchmen); Mitch Dubin, SOC (Legion); Jeff Muhlstock, SOC (Mr. Robot); and Sean Savage, ACO, SOC (Game of Thrones).

 

Academy Award winning actress Natalie Portman was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Awards Govenor Award and legendary actress and philanthropist Jamie Lee Curtis was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement President’s Award.

Following are the honorees and nominees:

Camera Operator of the Year – Film Nominees:
Sam Ellison – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Craig Haagensen, SOC – Motherless Brooklyn
Geoff Haley, SOC – Joker
David Luckenbach, SOC – Ford vs Ferrari
Dale Myrand, SOC – Knives Out
Camera Operator of the Year – Television Nominees:
Chris Cuevas – Watchmen
Mitch Dubin, SOC – Legion
Jim McConkey, SOC – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Jeff Muhlstock, SOC – Mr. Robot
Sean Savage, ACO, SOC – Game of Thrones
Achievement Awards:
President’s Award – Jamie Lee Curtis
Governors Award – Natalie Portman
Distinguished Service Award – Steven Poster, ASC
Camera Operator – Colin Anderson, SOC
Camera Operator Live & Non-Scripted – Dave Levisohn
Mobile Camera Platform Operator – J “Moose” Howery
Camera Technician – Heather Norton
Still Photographer – Frank Masi
Technical Achievement Award – SONY VENICE Extension System (“Rialto mode”)

 

Jamie Lee Curtis Announced as President’s Award Honoree for 2020 Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) is pleased to announce the honoree of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Awards President’s Award recipient is legendary actress and philanthropist: Jamie Lee Curtis. Hosted at the Loews Hollywood Hotel on January 18, 2020, the star-studded, red-carpet, award show honors the art and craft of camera operating and the production crew.

“We are honored to present this award to such an iconic, talented, and truly brilliant professional as Jamie Lee Curtis,” shared George Billinger III, SOC President. “Her work has inspired so many of us and we are appreciative for all of her extraordinary contributions – to the business and the creative community at large.”

Jamie Lee Curtis is known for her work in many iconic films over the decades including Halloween (1978), True Lies (1994), Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story (1981), and Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), to name a few. Most recently, Lee Curtis starred in Knives Out (2019) alongside camera operator Dale Myrand, SOC  who is also nominated for SOC’s Camera Operator of the Year Awards in film and TV.

Jamie Lee Curtis will be presented with their SOC Lifetime Achievement Award on January 18, 2020 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.

 Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Awards Announce Governors Award Honoree Natalie Portman

Los Angeles, CA (December 17, 2019) — The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) announce the honoree of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Awards Governors Award recipient, Natalie Portman.
 
The Society is honored to be presenting the Lifetime Achievement award to Academy Award-winner and activist, Natalie Portman for her impressive body of work, collaboration on set with camera operators and crew members, and her commitment to critical social causes such as her work encouraging diversity on set and equality within the entertainment industry.
 
George Billinger III, SOC President, “We are honored to be presenting this award to such a talented professional as Natalie Portman. Her level of excellence and dedication to not only the entertainment arts, but to many of the challenges we face within our own communities, is an inspiration to us, and we are grateful for her contribution.
 
Ms. Portman will be presented with their SOC Lifetime Achievement Award on January 18, 2020 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.

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

Congratulations to all of the Honorees, Nominees and Recipients at the Lifetime Achievement Awards

A thank you to all who attended, and sponsored.  

Camera Operator of the Year – Television
Chris Haarhoff, SOC & Steven Matzinger, SOC – Westworld

Camera Operator of the Year – Film
P. Scott Sakamoto, SOC – A Star Is Born

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Photos by Albert Ortega

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