Roizman earned five Oscar nominations for his work on THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971), THE EXORCIST (1973), NETWORK (1976), TOOTSIE (1982) and WYATT EARP (1994). He began his career shooting television commercials before making his debut feature film, STOP, in 1970. His other notable credits include THE HEARTBREAK KID, THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR, THE ADDAMS FAMILY and GRAND CANYON. Roizman represented the Cinematographers Branch on the Academy’s Board of Governors from 2002 to 2011.
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The French Connection
At the age of 34, Roizman shoots his first studio film, William Friedkin’s THE FRENCH CONNECTION. The dynamic, gritty New York lensing earns Roizman his first Academy Award nomination, with the film itself taking home awards for Best Picture, Actor, Directing, Film Editing and Adapted Screenplay.
Three Days of the Condor
Roizman teams up with director Sydney Pollack for the tense conspiracy thriller THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR. They go on to work together again on THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN (1979), ABSENCE OF MALICE (1981), HAVANA (1990) and TOOTSIE (1982), which earns Roizman another Oscar nomination.
Sidney Lumet's blistering, Oscar-winning NETWORK, a darkly comic depiction of television culture, opens in theaters and earns Roizman a third Oscar nomination for his innovative use of progressive lighting, which grows brighter and more artificial as the story develops.
How Network Changed My Life
Jake Gyllenhaal discusses the impact of Roizman's camerawork and lighting in NETWORK.
I Love You To Death
Director Lawrence Kasdan convinces Roizman to step behind the camera on feature films again for the dark comedy I LOVE YOU TO DEATH. “I had always admired his work,” Kasdan recalled. “I was a huge fan, and when we met we hit it off immediately.” They go on to work together again on GRAND CANYON (1991), WYATT EARP (1994), which earns Roizman his fifth Oscar nomination, and FRENCH KISS (1995).
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