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Groundbreaking ‘The Godfather’ & ‘Annie Hall’ Cinematographer Gordon Willis Has Died Aged 82

Gordon Willis Groundbreaking The Godfather & Annie Hall Cinematographer Gordon Willis Has Died Aged 82

Legendary cinematographer Gordon Willis, whose work on the likes of ‘The Godfather’ series, ‘All the President’s Men’ and Woody Allen’s ‘Annie Hall’ and ‘Manhattan’ helped define the look of 1970s cinema, has died at the age of 82. “This is a momentous loss,” American Society of Cinematographers President Richard Crudo told Deadline. “He was one of the giants who absolutely changed the way movies looked.”

In the seven-year period up to 1977 Willis was the director of photography on 6 films that received among them 39 Academy Award nominations, winning 19 times, including 3 awards for best picture. The fact that Willis did not receive a single nomination was a subject of much controversy. Willis was later nominated twice, once for his photography in Woody Allen’s ‘Zelig,’ and then for ‘The Godfather Part III.’ In 2009, at the inaugural Governors Awards, the Academy chose Willis as the recipient of the Academy Honorary Award for his life’s work.

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