Lifetime Achievement Awards

Saturday, January 18, 2020
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The Society of Camera Operators Announces

Geoff Haley, SOC (Joker) and Jim McConkey, SOC (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) As Camera Operators of the Year

Camera Operator of the Year Recipient Geoff Haley, SOC behind the scenes on Joker.

Los Angeles, CA (January 19, 2020) — The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) announced the recipients for Camera Operator of the Year in Film is Geoff Haley, SOC and in the Television catergory: Jim McConkey, SOC, during the Lifetime Acheivement Awards on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Hosted at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, the star-studded night was streamed live to thousands internationally while over 500 industry professionals and iconic celebrities celebrated the achievements of excepetional film makers and crews.

Geoff Haley, SOC took home the title of Camera Operator of the Year in Film for his work on the Joker. Haley topped a talented group of nominees in the film category including: Sam Ellison (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood); Craig Haagensen, SOC (Motherless Brooklyn), David Luckenbach, SOC (Ford vs Ferrari); and Dale Myrand, SOC (Knives Out).

Jim McConkey, SOC was awarded Camera Operator of the Year in Television for his work on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The TV category nominees included: Chris Cuevas (Watchmen); Mitch Dubin, SOC (Legion); Jeff Muhlstock, SOC (Mr. Robot); and Sean Savage, ACO, SOC (Game of Thrones).

Academy Award winning actress Natalie Portman was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Awards Govenor Award and legendary actress and philanthropist Jamie Lee Curtis was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement President’s Award.

Following are the honorees and nominees:

Camera Operator of the Year – Film Nominees:
Sam Ellison – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Craig Haagensen, SOC – Motherless Brooklyn
Geoff Haley, SOC – Joker
David Luckenbach, SOC – Ford vs Ferrari
Dale Myrand, SOC – Knives Out
Camera Operator of the Year – Television Nominees:
Chris Cuevas – Watchmen
Mitch Dubin, SOC – Legion
Jim McConkey, SOC – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Jeff Muhlstock, SOC – Mr. Robot
Sean Savage, ACO, SOC – Game of Thrones
Achievement Awards:
President’s Award – Jamie Lee Curtis
Governors Award – Natalie Portman
Distinguished Service Award – Steven Poster, ASC
Camera Operator – Colin Anderson, SOC
Camera Operator Live & Non-Scripted – Dave Levisohn
Mobile Camera Platform Operator – J “Moose” Howery
Camera Technician – Heather Norton
Still Photographer – Frank Masi
Technical Achievement Award – SONY VENICE Extension System (“Rialto mode”)


It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of our good friend Gary Jay, SOC.

“A true artist and a gentleman” – Mitch Dubin, SOC

Gary Jay began his career making documentaries throughout Europe, South America, Asia, and the Middle East. Upon returning home to Texas in 1976, he joined the camera union and worked as a 1st assistant until 1991 when, after working together on Michael Mann’s Last of the Mohicans, Dante Spinotti invited Gary to move up and operate on his next film, Blink, then on Heat, The Insider, L.A. Confidential, Wonder Boys, Bandits, Nell, The Quick & the Dead, Goodbye Lover, and Family Man.
 In between projects with Dante, Jay worked on Traffic, 8 Mile, Ali, Collateral, In Her Shoes, Miami Vice, and Che I & II. In 2012, Gary joined the crew of House of Cards for all six seasons, earning him a Camera Operator of the Year nomination in 2019.

Gary leaves behind a legacy of brilliant work, as well as the memories shared by family, friends, and co-workers who will miss him.

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