The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) bestowed Camera Operator of the Year honors on P. Scott Sakamoto, SOC, for A Star Is Born, and on the operating team of Chris Haarhoff, SOC, and Steven Matzinger, SOC, for Westworld.

SOC award winners

P. Scott Sakamoto, SOC (left), Chris Haarhoff, SOC, and Steven Matzinger, SOC.
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The announcement was made during the SOC Lifetime Achievement Awards, held over the weekend at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.

Also nominated in the film category were Michael Fuchs, SOC, for If Beale Street Could Talk; Matthew Moriarty, SOC, for The Front Runner; Jody Miller for Beautiful Boy, and Ricardo Sarmiento for BlacKkKlansman. The other nominees for television work were Mitch Dubin, SOC, for Legion; Michael Heathcote, SOC, for The Handmaid’s Tale; Gary Jay, SOC, for House of Cards; and Ben Semanoff, SOC, for Ozark.

Jane Fonda

Governor’s Award honoree Jane Fonda at the SOC Lifetime Achievement Awards
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SOC also gave this year’s Governors Awards to Jane Fonda and its President’s Award to Harrison Ford. Others honored for lifetime achievement at the ceremony included camera operator Dave Emmerichs, SOC; camera operator (live and non-scripted) Hector Ramirez; camera technician Jimmy Jensen; mobile camera platform operator John Mang; still photographer Peter Iovino; and, in the technical achievement category, Cinemoves for its Matrix four-axis stabilized gimbal.

SOC’s Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize craftspeople with at least 20 years of experience in film and video production.

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