Oscar Artists: Zsigmond, Vilmos–

Vilmos Zsigmond (June 16, 1930-January 1, 2016), was an Hungarian-American cinematographer whose work helped shape the visual look of American movies in the 1970s.

Over his career he was associated with many leading directors, such as Robert Altman, Steven Spielberg, Brian De Palma, Michael Cimino and Woody Allen.

He is best known for his work on Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1977, and The Deer Hunter, in 1978

He won the 1977 Best Cinematography Oscar for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, as well as the BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography for The Deer Hunter.

Zsigmond also won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Special for the HBO miniseries Stalin.

His work on the films McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Deer Hunter made the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) list of the top 50 best-shot films from 1950–1997.

The ASC also awarded him with their Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.

In 2003 Zsigmond was voted as one of the 10 most influential cinematographers in history by members of the International Cinematographers Guild (ICD).

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