Janusz Kamiński

Janusz Zygmunt Kamiński (Polish: [ˌjanuʂ kaˈmiɲskʲi]; born June 27, 1959) is a Polish[1] cinematographer and film director who started his career in the United States. He rose to fame in the 1990s with his work on Schindler's List (1993). He has established a partnership with Steven Spielberg, working as a cinematographer on his movies since 1993.[4] He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan (1998). In recent years, Kamiński has also moved into the field of directing, first with the horror film Lost Souls, and later television series like The Event and The Divide.

In 2019, the American Society of Cinematographers included Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan, both shot by Kamiński, on the list of the best-photographed films of the 20th century.[5]

Janusz Kamiński
Janusz Kamiński
Kamiński in 2014
Born
Janusz Zygmunt Kamiński

June 27, 1959 (age 59)
NationalityPolish[1]
Alma materColumbia College Chicago (B.A., 1987)[2]
AFI Conservatory (M.F.A., 1987)[3]
OccupationCinematographer, film director, television director
Years active1986–present
OrganizationAmerican Film Institute
Spouse(s)
Holly Hunter
(m. 1995; div. 2001)

Rebecca Rankin
(m. 2004; div. 2010)
Awards

Life and career

Kamiński was born in Ziębice, Poland, the son of mother, Jadwiga Celner, and father, Marian Kaminski.[6] In 1981, he emigrated to the United States at the age of 21 after Prime Minister Jaruzelski imposed martial law.

He attended Columbia College in Chicago from 1982 to 1987, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree,[2] taking up filmmaking as a profession before attending to the AFI Conservatory, where he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree. He worked under cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, first as a gaffer, then as chief lighting technician, and eventually second unit director of photography. He shot numerous B-movies for directors Roger Corman and Katt Shea, as well as the romantic musical comedy Cool as Ice, starring Vanilla Ice.

Kamiński was first discovered by Steven Spielberg in 1991. After seeing the television film Wildflower, Spielberg hired Kamiński to shoot Class of '61, a television film in which Spielberg served as producer.[7]

He twice won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in the 1990s, for Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. He has been nominated four additional times for Amistad, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, War Horse and Lincoln. In 2010, he was awarded the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal by the AFI Conservatory.[8]

Kamiński became a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) in 1994,[9] but resigned in 2006.[9][10][11]

Kamiński was married to actress Holly Hunter from 1995 until 2001. He married ABC reporter Rebecca Rankin in 2004. They divorced in 2010.[12]

Filmography

As cinematographer

Year Title Dir. Notes
1986 Lady America Nick Gaitatjis
1990 Grim Prairie Tales Wayne Coe
1991 The Terror Within II Andrew Stevens
Killer Instinct David Tausik as Jennifer Stotlz
Pyrates Noah Stern
Cool as Ice David Kellogg
Wildflower Diane Keaton Television film
1993 Trouble Bound Jeffrey Reiner
Class of '61 Gregory Hoblit Television film
The Adventures of Huck Finn Stephen Sommers
Schindler's List Steven Spielberg Won:

Nominated for:

1994 Little Giants Duwayne Dunham
1995 Tall Tale Jeremiah S. Chechik
How to Make an American Quilt Jocelyn Moorhouse
1996 Jerry Maguire Cameron Crowe
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Steven Spielberg
Amistad Won:

Nominated for:

1998 Saving Private Ryan Won:

Nominated for:

2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Nominated for:
2002 Minority Report Nominated for:
Catch Me If You Can
2004 The Terminal
Jumbo Girl Daniel Curran Short film
2005 War of the Worlds Steven Spielberg
Munich Nominated for:
2007 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Julian Schnabel Won:

Nominated for:

2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Steven Spielberg
2009 Funny People Judd Apatow
2010 How Do You Know James L. Brooks
2011 The Adventures of Tintin Steven Spielberg
War Horse Won:

Nominated for:

2012 Lincoln Nominated for:
2014 The Judge David Dobkin
2015 Bridge of Spies Steven Spielberg Nominated for:
2016 The BFG
2017 The Post
2018 Ready Player One
Chun-Li Steven Klein Music video

As other

Year Title Dir. DoP. Notes
1988 Not of This Earth Jim Wynorski Zoran Hochstätter Gaffer
Saturday the 14th Strikes Back Howard R. Cohen Levie Isaacks
1989 Lords of the Deep Mary Ann Fisher Austin McKinney Uncredited;
Director of 2nd Unit Photography
Stripped to Kill II: Live Girls Katt Shea Phedon Papamichael Gaffer
Dance of the Damned
After Midnight Ken Wheat
Jim Wheat
Chief lighting technician
1990 Streets Katt Shea Director of 2nd Unit Photography
Watchers II Thierry Notz Edward J. Pei
1992 One False Move Carl Franklin James L. Carter
Star Time Alexander Cassini Fernando Argüelles Director of Additional Photography
1993 Love, Cheat & Steal William Curran Kent L. Wakeford
1998 Armageddon Michael Bay John Schwartzman
2000 Lost Souls Mauro Fiore As director
2011 The Event Feliks Parnell As director

1 episode

2014 The Divide Robert Aschman

Awards and nominations

Award
Wins
Nominations
Academy Awards
2 6
BAFTA Film Awards
1 4
ASC Awards
N/A 6
César Award
1 N/A
Independent Spirit Awards
1 N/A

Industry awards

Academy Award for Best Cinematography

American Film Institute (AFI) Awards

American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography

British Society of Cinematographers Award for Best Cinematography

Camerimage

Cannes Film Festival

César Award for Best Cinematography

Hollywood Film Awards

  • 2002: Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
  • 2015: Bridge of Spies (won)

Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography

Palm Springs International Film Festival

  • 2000: Da Vinci's Cinematographer's Award (won)

Satellite Award for Best Cinematography

Stockholm International Film Festival

Critics awards

Alliance of Women Film Journalists

Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography

Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography

Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography

Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography

IndieWire Critic's Poll

International Online Film Critics' Poll

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography

National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography

New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematographer

St. Louis Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematographer

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Can Kaminski clinch Oscar for Lincoln?". Polskie Radio. February 22, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Spot On: Mauro Fiore" Archived 2012-09-09 at the Wayback Machine, Demo, January 2010, Columbia College, Chicago
  3. ^ "RECENT AFI ALUMNI AND FELLOW AWARDS & HONORS", AFI Conservatory website
  4. ^ He Makes It Look Picture-perfect, Los Angeles Times, November 21, 2007
  5. ^ "ASC Unveils List of 100 Milestone Films in Cinematography of the 20th Century". Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  6. ^ "Janusz Kaminski (1959–)". Filmreference. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
  7. ^ Mamelstein, David (February 20, 2013). "Spielberg's Eye". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
  8. ^ Sullivan, Michael (June 10, 2010). "AFI awards Kaminski". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Turnbaugh, Kristi (Fall–Winter 2013). "Shooting Stars: Columbia's award-winning cinematographers light up Hollywood". DEMO. Columbia College Chicago. p. 15. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 11, 2015. Retrieved December 1, 2018.CS1 maint: Date format (link)
  10. ^ Ryzik, Melena (January 11, 2012). "Cinematographers Give 'Dragon Tattoo' a Lift but Overlook 'War Horse'". The Carpetbagger. The New York Times. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "ASC awards Emmanuel Lubezki and 'The Tree of Life' best cinematography of 2011". Uproxx. February 13, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  12. ^ "Rebecca Rankin and Janusz Kaminski". Variety. Reed Business Information. February 16, 2004. Retrieved February 27, 2013.

External links

Academy Award for Best Cinematography

The Academy Award for Best Cinematography is an Academy Award awarded each year to a cinematographer for work on one particular motion picture.

American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases

The following is a list of those who have won the American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatrical Releases. The award is given by the American Society of Cinematographers.

Amistad (film)

Amistad is a 1997 American historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story of the events in 1839 aboard the slave ship La Amistad, during which Mende tribesmen abducted for the slave trade managed to gain control of their captors' ship off the coast of Cuba, and the international legal battle that followed their capture by the Washington, a U.S. revenue cutter. The case was ultimately resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1841.

Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, and Matthew McConaughey had starring roles. David Franzoni's screenplay was based on the book Mutiny on the Amistad: The Saga of a Slave Revolt and Its Impact on American Abolition, Law, and Diplomacy (1987), by the historian Howard Jones.

BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography

This is a list of winners and nominees for the BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography, which is presented to cinematographers, given out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts since 1963.

Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography

The Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography is one of several categories presented by the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), an association of professional film critics, who work in print, broadcast and online media, based in Chicago. Since the 3rd Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (1990), the award is presented annually, except in 1994. The nominations from 1991 and 1993 are not available. The first Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography went to Dean Semler for his work on Dances with Wolves. The most recent recipient of this award is Alfonso Cuarón for Roma.Roger Deakins is the cinematographer with the most nominations (12); those have resulted in 3 wins. Emmanuel Lubezki has the most wins (4) from 8 nominations, while Janusz Kamiński also has 8 nominations, but has only resulted in 1 win. Other notable achievers include Robert Richardson (7 nominations, 2 wins) and Michael Ballhaus (4 nominations, 1 win). Five cinematographers have been nominated multiple times, but never received the award. Those include Conrad Hall, Robert Elswit, and Claudio Miranda; Mandy Walker was the first female cinematographer to have received a nomination for the award. The 16th Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (2003) saw all 15 cinematographers who worked on Winged Migration nominated for Best Cinematography, while the 17th Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (2004) was the first to result in a tie. In 2007, Deakins received two nominations for his work on The Assassination of Jesse James and No Country for Old Men, the first time a cinematographer has been nominated twice in one year.

Class of '61

Class of '61 is a 1993 American war drama television film produced by Steven Spielberg as a projected television series about the American Civil War. It focused on men who were classmates at West Point and separated by the war between the North and the South. Filmed in Charleston, South Carolina and Atlanta, this work was the first collaboration between Spielberg and cinematographer Janusz Kamiński.

Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography

The Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Broadcast Film Critics Association at their annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. It was first presented in 2009.

Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography

The Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography is an award presented by the Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association. It is given in honor of a cinematographer who has delivered an outstanding achievement in film.

Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography

The Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Screenplay is an annual award given by the Houston Film Critics Society.

List of Polish Academy Award winners and nominees

This is a list of Polish Academy Award winners and nominees. This list details the performances of Polish actors, actresses, and films that have either been submitted or nominated for, or have won, an Academy Award. This list is current as of the 90th Academy Awards ceremony held on March 4, 2018. There were 15 Academy Awards given to Polish filmmakers or their work, including two Honorary Academy Awards and five Technical Achievement Awards. The category of Cinematography has the strongest presence of Polish filmmakers, with two wins (both by Janusz Kamiński) and fourteen other nominations (including four noms for Kamiński). As of that, the cinematographer Janusz Kamiński is the most Oscar-awarded Polish filmmaker. The second most-awarded Pole was designer Anton Grot, who won one Academy Award and was nominated to the Oscars five times more. The director Roman Polanski won an Oscar and was nominated four more times (additionally, Knife in the Water, film directed and written by him was also nominated). The composer Bronislau Kaper was awarded an Oscar and was nominated three times more. There were eleven Polish pictures nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Most recently, the film

Cold War received three nominations (Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Language Film).

List of accolades received by Lincoln (film)

Lincoln is a 2012 American historical drama film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The film is based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography of Lincoln, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, and covers the final four months of Lincoln's life, focusing on the President's efforts in January 1865 to have the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the United States House of Representatives.

Lincoln premiered on October 8, 2012, at the New York Film Festival. The film was released on November 9, 2012, in select cities and widely released on November 16, 2012, in the United States by DreamWorks through Disney’s Touchstone distribution label in the U.S. The film was released on January 25, 2013 in the United Kingdom, with distribution in international territories, including the U.K., by 20th Century Fox. The film received universal acclaim by critics and was nominated for 12 Academy Awards at the 85th ceremony, the most of any film released in 2012.

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography is one of the annual film awards given by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Lost Souls (film)

Lost Souls is a 2000 American horror film directed by Janusz Kamiński, in his directorial debut. The film stars Winona Ryder, Ben Chaplin, Elias Koteas, and John Hurt.

Rob Harris (skysurfer)

Rob Harris (December 17, 1966 – December 14, 1995) was the skysurfing world champion of 1994 and 1995. He died in an accident while shooting the Mountain Dew "007" commercial directed by David Kellogg and lensed by Janusz Kamiński.

Satellite Award for Best Cinematography

The Satellite Award for Best Cinematography is one of the annual Satellite Awards given by the International Press Academy.

Stuart Dryburgh

Stuart Dryburgh (born 30 March 1952 in London) is an English-born New Zealand cinematographer, now working in Hollywood. He completed a degree in architecture at the University of Auckland, but subsequently moved into the film industry. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on the 1993 romance film, The Piano, but lost to Janusz Kamiński for Schindler's List. Dryburgh was also nominated for an Emmy for his work on the Boardwalk Empire pilot.

He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

The Terror Within II

The Terror Within II is a 1991 science fiction horror film and a sequel to the 1989 film The Terror Within. It is written and directed by star Andrew Stevens (reprising his role from the first film), and also stars R. Lee Ermey, Chick Vennera, Barbara Alyn Woods, Gordon Currie, and Stella Stevens.

It was executive produced by Roger Corman, and is one of the early films of future Academy Award-winning cinematographer Janusz Kamiński.

War Horse (film)

War Horse is a 2011 war drama film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay written by Lee Hall and Richard Curtis, based on Michael Morpurgo's 1982 novel of the same name and its 2007 play adaptation. The film's ensemble cast includes Jeremy Irvine (in his film acting debut), Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Marsan, Niels Arestrup, Toby Kebbell, David Kross, and Peter Mullan. Set before and during World War I, it tells of the journey of Joey, a bay Thoroughbred horse raised by British teenager Albert (Irvine), as he is bought by the British Army, leading him to encounter numerous individuals and owners throughout Europe, all the while experiencing the tragedies of the war happening around him.

DreamWorks Pictures acquired the film rights to the novel in December 2009, with Spielberg announced to direct the film in May 2010. Having directed many films set during the Second World War, it was his first film to tackle the events of World War I. Long-term Spielberg collaborators Janusz Kamiński, Michael Kahn, Rick Carter, and John Williams all worked on the film as cinematographer, editor, production designer, and music composer, respectively.

Produced by DreamWorks Pictures and released worldwide by Touchstone Pictures, War Horse became a box-office success and was met with positive reviews. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, two Golden Globe Awards and five BAFTAs.

Awards for Janusz Kamiński

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