Owen Roizman A.S.C. (born 22 September 1936) is a retired 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 of hearing 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 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 (1974), 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.
|1972||Academy Awards||Best Cinematography||The French Connection||Nominated|
|1973||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for Entertainment Programming - For a Special or Feature Length Program of a Series||Liza with a Z||Nominated|
|1974||Academy Awards||Best Cinematography||The Exorcist||Nominated|
|1995||American Society of Cinematographers||Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases||Wyatt Earp||Nominated|
|Academy Awards||Best Cinematography||Nominated|
|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|
|1971||French Connection, TheThe French Connection||Friedkin, WilliamWilliam Friedkin||Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography|
|Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, TheThe Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight||Goldstone, JamesJames Goldstone|
|1972||Play It Again, Sam||Ross, HerbertHerbert Ross|
|Heartbreak Kid, TheThe Heartbreak Kid||May, ElaineElaine May|
|Liza with a Z||Fosse, BobBob Fosse||Television film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie
|1973||The Exorcist||Friedkin, WilliamWilliam Friedkin||Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography|
|1974||Taking of Pelham One Two Three, TheThe Taking of Pelham One Two Three||Sargent, JosephJoseph Sargent|
|1975||Stepford Wives, TheThe Stepford Wives||Forbes, BryanBryan Forbes|
|Three Days of the Condor||Pollack, SydneySydney Pollack|
|1976||Return of a Man Called Horse, TheThe Return of a Man Called Horse||Kershner, IrvinIrvin Kershner|
|Independence||Huston, JohnJohn Huston|
|Network||Lumet, SidneySidney Lumet||Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography|
|1978||Straight Time||Grosbard, UluUlu Grosbard|
|Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band||Schultz, MichaelMichael Schultz|
|1979||The Rose||Rydell, MarkMark Rydell||Additional photography;
Photographed by Vilmos Zsigmond
|Electric Horseman, TheThe Electric Horseman||Pollack, SydneySydney Pollack|
|1980||Black Marble, TheThe Black Marble||Becker, HaroldHarold Becker|
|1981||True Confessions||Grosbard, UluUlu Grosbard|
|Absence of Malice||Pollack, SydneySydney Pollack|
|Taps||Becker, HaroldHarold Becker|
|1982||Tootsie||Pollack, SydneySydney Pollack||Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography|
|1985||Vision Quest||Becker, HaroldHarold Becker|
|1990||I Love You to Death||Kasdan, LawrenceLawrence Kasdan|
|Havana||Pollack, SydneySydney Pollack|
|1991||Addams Family, TheThe Addams Family||Sonnenfeld, BarryBarry Sonnenfeld|
|Grand Canyon||Kasdan, LawrenceLawrence Kasdan|
|1994||Wyatt Earp||Nominated – A.S.C. Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography