Gordon Willis

Gordon Willis

Born: 28 May 1931
Died:18 May 2014





Cinematographer Gordon Willis was born on this day in 1931.

His career began whilst serving with the US Air Force during the Korean War, where he was part of the Photographic and Charting Service and spent his time learning everything he could about making films.

After leaving the army he worked in advertising until he was hired to work on his first film, End of the Road (1970).

He is best known for his work with Francis Ford Coppola on The Godfather series of films but he also known for the films The Parallex View (1974), All the President’s Men (1976), Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979) and Pennies from Heaven (1981).

During the period between 1970 – 1977, despite working on six films that between them received almost 40 Academy Award nominations and 19 wins, Willis did not receive a single nomination for his work. His omission from the list of nominees caused controversy and some suggested this was down to his unhidden hostility towards Hollywood.

In the end he did receive two Best Cinematography nominations for Zelig (1983) and The Godfather Part III (1990). In 2010 he received the Academy Honorary Award “for unsurpassed mastery of light, shadow, color and motion.”

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