×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Cinematographer John Toll to Receive Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award

DP received back-to-back Oscars for “Legends of the Fall” and “Braveheart”

John Toll – the cinematographer best known for his collaboration with such directors as The Wachowskis, Ang Lee, Mel Gibson, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, Cameron Crowe, Edward Zwick and Vince Gilligan – will be honored with the Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award during the upcoming 25th anniversary edition of the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.

The event will be held in Bydgoszcz, Poland, from November 11 to 18.

Toll has been lensing film and TV projects for more than four decades. His peers have praised him for his use of light, shadow and camera movement to create striking moments of intimacy that define characters. His oeuvre ranges across war movies, crime dramas, sci-fi and fantasy films, melodramas, comedies and westerns.

Before he became a DP, Toll worked at every level of cinematography, from gathering experience as a production assistant to shooting films as a camera operator.

His mentors include DP John A. Alonzo on director Martin Ritt’s “Norma Rae” and Brian De Palma’s “Scarface.” He also worked with cinematographers such as Jordan Cronenweth on Francis Ford Coppola’s “Peggy Sue Got Married,” Conrad Hall on Bob Rafelson’s “Black Widow,” Allen Daviau on John Schlesinger’s “Falcon and the Snowman” and Robbie Greenberg on Karel Reisz’s “Sweet Dreams.”

His debut as a DP came with Carroll Ballard’s 1992’s “Wind,” a tale of young and ambitious America’s Cup sailor who faced both uncontrollable forces of nature and his inner limitations as a human being. In his next project, Zwick’s “Legends of the Fall,” the main characters live in isolation surrounded by wild and beautifully photographed nature.

On Mel Gibson’s “Braveheart,” Toll complemented the romantic pathos of the struggle for independence with the down-to-earth bravery of people who went to war to protect their loved ones.

Toll has most recently been shooting Netflix sci-fi series “Sense8.” His 2016 feature, Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” was a technical groundbreaker – shot digitally at 120 frames per second (vs. the traditional 24) and at 4K resolution in 3D.

Toll is one of only four cinematographers to win two Academy Awards back to back.

More Artisans

  • Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B.

    Armani, Variety Salute Beauty Innovators in Makeup Styling

    On Feb. 20, Variety and Armani Beauty will team up for the 2019 Make-Up Artistry Dinner to toast four of the most sought-after celebrity make-up artists in Hollywood: Nick Barose, Molly Greenwald, Beau Nelson and Patrick Ta. Held at Sunset Tower Restaurant Terrace, this A-list-studded event, featuring such dazzling stars as Olivia Munn and Constance [...]

  • Black Panther

    'Black Panther,' 'Crazy Rich Asians,' 'Westworld' Among Costume Designers Guild Winners

    “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite” and “Black Panther” walked away with top honors at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards Tuesday night, the final industry guild show before the Oscars on Feb. 24. “The Favourite” and “Black Panther” are up for the Oscar this year, along with “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Mary Poppins [...]

  • DF-10193 – L-R: Ben Hardy (Roger Taylor),

    'Bohemian Rhapsody' Leads MPSE Golden Reel Awards for Sound Editing

    “Bohemian Rhapsody” followed up love from Cinema Audio Society sound mixers with a pair of honors at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 66th annual Golden Reel Awards Sunday night. The musical biopic scored wins for dialogue and ADR as well as sound editing in a musical. The film is nominated for sound editing at the Oscars [...]

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    'Bohemian Rhapsody,' 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Among Cinema Audio Society Winners

    Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” won the Cinema Audio Society’s top prize for sound mixing at Saturday night’s 55th annual CAS Awards. The film is Oscar-nominated for sound mixing this year along with “Black Panther,” “First Man,” “Roma” and “A Star Is Born.” In a surprise over heavy-hitters “Incredibles 2” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Wes [...]

  • Marvelous Mrs Maisel Vice

    'Vice,' 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Lead Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Winners

    Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice,” starring Oscar nominees Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell, won two awards at the sixth annual Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Saturday night. The film won for best period and/or character makeup as well as special makeup effects. “Mary Queen of Scots” received the prize for period [...]

  • ILM John Kroll Star Wars VFX

    Sci-Tech Awards Honored After Effects, Photoshop Developers' Major Impact on VFX

    On Feb. 9, two weeks and a day before the Oscars, the Motion Picture Academy held its annual Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards — sometimes referred to as the nerd Academy Awards — honoring achievements in motion picture technology.  The ceremony included no surprise winners — Sci-Tech kudos are announced in advance, and the achievements [...]

  • Steven Spielberg Lee Orloff Mary Jo

    Cinema Audio Society Honors Steven Spielberg, Lee Orloff and Mary Jo Lang

    At the Cinema Audio Society Awards on Feb. 16, CAS is honoring a trio of artists. The event take place at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel.   Steven Spielberg, Filmmaker Award It’s hard to overestimate the influence of the three-time Oscar winner, a towering figure in Hollywood for decades. A prolific director-producer-screenwriter, who also co-founded [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content