|President of the American Society of Cinematographers|
|Preceded by||Victor J. Kemper|
|Succeeded by||Woody Omens|
Owen Roizman (born September 22, 1936) is an American cinematographer. He has received five Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography, for the films The French Connection (1971), The Exorcist (1973), Network (1976), Tootsie (1982), and Wyatt Earp (1994). He served on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was president of the American Society of Cinematographers.
His first feature film was Stop (1970), and several other notable credits include The Heartbreak Kid (1972), Three Days of the Condor (1975), Absence of Malice (1981), True Confessions (1981), The Addams Family (1991), and Grand Canyon (1991). He is known for his "gritty" style and received an Academy Honorary Award in 2017.
Roizman was raised in Brooklyn, and as a child, he wanted to be a baseball player, physicist, or mathematician. He had a tryout with the New York Yankees but contracted polio as a teenager. His father, Sol, was a cameraman for Movietone News, and upon hearing about the film industry's possible wages, Roizman decided, "I'm going for the money!" He began working during summer breaks at a camera rental store in New York City and later was an assistant to cinematographer Gerald Hirschfeld at MPO Videotronics.
After creating several television commercials, Roizman made his feature film debut in 1970 with Stop. His second film, William Friedkin's The French Connection (1971), earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography. The film set the style for many of his future films, with "gritty New York street photography" and available light.
Throughout the 1970s, he also worked on Play It Again, Sam (1972), The Heartbreak Kid (1972), The Exorcist (1973), Three Days of the Condor (1975), and Network (1976), among others, garnering Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography for The Exorcist and Network. Roizman received two more Academy Award nominations, for Wyatt Earp (1994) and Tootsie (1982). His final film was Lawrence Kasdan's French Kiss (1995).
He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 2002 to 2011, representing the Cinematographers Branch, and was a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). Roizman was ASC president from 1997 to 1998 and served on its board. He received an Academy Honorary Award at the 9th Governors Awards ceremony in 2017.
Roizman is known for collaborating with film directors William Friedkin, Sydney Pollack, and Lawrence Kasdan.
|1971||The French Connection||William Friedkin||Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography|
|The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight||James Goldstone|
|1972||Play It Again, Sam||Herbert Ross|
|The Heartbreak Kid||Elaine May|
|Liza with a Z||Bob Fosse||Television film|
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie
|1973||The Exorcist||William Friedkin||Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography|
|1974||The Taking of Pelham One Two Three||Joseph Sargent|
|1975||The Stepford Wives||Bryan Forbes|
|Three Days of the Condor||Sydney Pollack|
|1976||The Return of a Man Called Horse||Irvin Kershner|
|Network||Sidney Lumet||Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography|
|1978||Straight Time||Ulu Grosbard|
|Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band||Michael Schultz|
|1979||The Rose||Mark Rydell||Additional photography;|
Photographed by Vilmos Zsigmond
|The Electric Horseman||Sydney Pollack|
|1980||The Black Marble||Harold Becker|
|1981||True Confessions||Ulu Grosbard|
|Absence of Malice||Sydney Pollack|
|1982||Tootsie||Sydney Pollack||Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography|
|1985||Vision Quest||Harold Becker|
|1990||I Love You to Death||Lawrence Kasdan|
|1991||The Addams Family||Barry Sonnenfeld|
|Grand Canyon||Lawrence Kasdan|
|1994||Wyatt Earp||Nominated – A.S.C. Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography|
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
|1997||American Society of Cinematographers||Lifetime Achievement Award||Won|
|2000||Palm Springs International Film Festival||Career Achievement Award||Won|
|2001||Cameriage||Lifetime Achievement Award||Won|
|2011||Ojai Film Festival||Lifetime Achievement Award (shared with Mitzi Gaynor)||Won|