The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) just announced that the recipients of Camera Operator of the Year in Film are Mitch Dubin SOC, and “B” Camera John “Buzz” Moyer SOC (West Side Story). The recipients of Camera Operator of the Year in Television are Manolo Rojas SOC, and “B” Camera Pauline Edwards SOC (Snowfall, S4, Episode 8, Betrayal). The award recipients were celebrated by industry peers and colleagues during the virtual 2022 Society of Camera Operators Awards Celebration on Saturday, March 5, 2022.
Hundreds of viewers from around the globe tuned in to the annual SOC Awards Celebration on Saturday evening. For the first time, the SOC expanded nominations to include collaborative efforts and teams of operators, allowing both “A” camera operators and “A” and “B” camera operator teams the chance to be recognised.
Mitch Dubin SOC, and “B” Camera John “Buzz” Moyer SOC, took home the title of Camera Operator of the Year in Film for their work on West Side Story. The duo topped a talented group of nominees in the film category, including Gilles Corbeil SOC (Nightmare Alley); Matthew Moriarty SOC (A Quiet Place Part II); David Thompson SOC, with “B” Camera Ian Seabrook, SOC (Finch); and Mike Heathcote, SOC (The Many Saints Of Newark).
2022 Camera Operators of the Year in Television Manolo Rojas SOC, and “B” Camera Pauline Edwards SOC, on the set of Snowfall. Photo by Gina Victoria
Manolo Rojas SOC, and “B” Camera Pauline Edwards SOC, were awarded Camera Operator of the Year in Television for their work on Snowfall, S4, Episode 8, Betrayal. The TV category nominees included multiple collaborative teams: Mick Froehlich SOC, with Remi Tournois SOC (Hawkeye, S1, Episode 3, Echoes); Timothy Muir Spencer with “B” Camera Mike McEveety (For All Mankind, S2, Episode 10, The Grey); Reid Russell SOC, with “B” Camera Jan Ruona, SOC (Blindspotting, S1, Episode 1, The Ordeal); and Gregor Tavenner with “B” Camera Alan Pierce SOC (Succession, S3, Episode 7, Too Much Birthday).
During the virtual celebration, the award-winning and versatile actor, producer, and director Danny DeVito was honoured with the Governors Award, and Motion Impossible/AGITO Remote Dolly Systems and Cinema Devices/Ergorig System accepted SOC Technical Achievement Awards.
In addition to celebrating the achievements of the exceptional film makers and crews, the SOC Awards Celebration proudly welcomed Dr. Thomas Lee from the Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to centre screen to salute to the success of the SOC’s continued support, including filming the charity’s fundraising videos.
Following the Awards Celebration, guests, nominees, and award recipients were invited to virtual after-parties. Hosted by nominees, the after-parties were held in multiple breakout rooms, allowing attendees to not only chat (virtually) with the breakout room host, but also with others in attendance.
Header Photo: 2022 Camera Operators of the Year in Film Mitch Dubin SOC, and “B” Camera John “Buzz” Moyer SOC, on the set of West Side Story. Photo by Niko Tavernise