Owen Roizman, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work on The French Connection and The Exorcist, has passed away. He was 86.
Roizman was a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and was president of the group from 1997 to 1998. The news was confirmed by the ASC.
“We are very sorry to hear that cinematographer Owen Roizman, ASC has died at the age of 86 following a long illness,” read the Instagram post.
Five times during his career, Roizman was nominated for an Academy Award. When he worked with William Friedkin on The French Connection, he was nominated for the first time.
We are very sorry to hear that cinematographer Owen Roizman, ASC has died at the age of 86 following a long illness. Nominated five time for his camerawork, he was presented in 2017 with an honorary Academy Award for his contributions to cinema. We are preparing a full memorial. pic.twitter.com/mYSvXH7GwF
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times in 2011, Roizman talked about how Friedkin helped him get the job. The French Connection was only his second movie, but Friedkin had seen Stop, where he had worked before.
“Friedkin said, ‘I like your work in it; what I want to do … what I want it to be is a realistic street photography sort of thing.’ I said, ‘Why not? I should be able to do anything you tell me. I’m a cinematographer.’ He liked my attitude,” he said.
In 1973, he worked with Friedkin again on The Exorcist, which also got a nomination for Best Cinematography. The artist would also be nominated for an Oscar for his work on Sidney Lumet’s Network, Sydney Pollack’s Tootsie, and Lawrence Kasdan’s Wyatt Earp. In 2017, Roizman was given an Academy Honorary Award.