Cinematography Awards Go to John Bailey — Twice

Bill Roe, Phil Meheux, Matthew Leonetti, Michael Goi will also receive awards from ASC, ICG

cinematographer John Bailey
Robert Primes, ASC

“The Big Chill” and “Ordinary People” cinematographer John Bailey has a double dose of awards coming his way from the American Society of Cinematographers and the International Cinematographers Guild, both of whom have included Bailey in their list of honorees announced this week.

The ASC, a non-profit organization that hands out the top award in the field, the American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement, named Bailey the recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday. The honor comes for a career that also includes “American Gigolo,” “Silverado,” “Groundhog Day,” “As Good As It Gets,” “The Way Way Back” and the upcoming “The Forger” and “A Walk in the Woods.”

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Bailey also mentors aspiring cinematographers at places like UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television, and writes a blog for the ASC, “John’s Bailey’s Bailiwick.” That blog has led to the ICG naming Bailey Journalist of the Year at its annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards, an honor that typically goes to a more traditional journalist covering the world of cinematography.

In other ASC honors, Bill Roe will receive the Career Achievement in Television Award for his nearly 200 episodes of primetime television, including Emmy and ASC nominations for “The X-Files.” His other TV work includes “Castle,” “Faith of Our Fathers,” “Brooklyn South,” “Mad Men” and “The Mentalist.”

Phil Méheux will receive the ASC’s International Award. His career includes a British Society of Cinematographers award for “Casino Royale,” as well as work on “The Long Good Friday,” “The Fourth Protocol,” “GoldenEye,” “Around the World in 80 Days” and “The Legend of Zorro.”

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And Matthew F. Leonetti will be recognized with the ASC’s Presidents Award, which will be given for “impressive cinematographic contributions and dedication to the ASC.” His work includes “Poltergeist,” “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “Star Trek: First Contact,” “Dawn of the Dead” and the upcoming “Dumb and Dumber To.”

The 29th Annual ASC Award will take place on Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century City.

The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) will hold its Emerging Cinematographer Awards ceremony on Sept. 28 at the Directors Guild of America Theater, two days after an opening event at the ASC Clubhouse.

In addition to the journalism award to Bailey, the ICG will present the Kodak Cinematography Mentor of the Year award to Michael Goi, a veteran cinematographer who conducts seminars at Cal State Northridge, the Maine Photographic Workshop, Columbia College and the ICG.

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The ICG’s Nat Tiffen Award for Excellence in Cinematography Education will go to Judy Irola, the Conrad Hall Chair of Cinematography at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.

And the ICG will present the Canon Award for Excellence in Cinematography Technology to Codex for its design and manufacturing of high-end digital equipment for motion picture and television production.