The British DP’s half-century career included an Academy Award for 1971’s Fiddler On The Roof and Oscar noms for two other musicals. Oswald Morris died yesterday at his home in Dorset, England. He was 98. He served as director of photography on nearly five dozen films, working alongside such top directors as Stanley Kubrick (Lolita), Sidney Lumet (The Wiz), Franco Zeffirelli (The Taming Of The Shrew), Herbert Ross (the helmer’s first feature Goodbye, Mr. Chips) and eight films for John Huston including Beat The Devil, Moby Dick and the Toulouse-Lautrec biopic Moulin Rouge. His credits also include Beau Brummell, Look Back In Anger, The Guns Of Navarone, Of Human Bondage, Bond pic The Man With The Golden Gun, Equus and The Great Muppet Caper. Morris earned his other Oscar noms for Oliver! and The Wiz. He also won BAFTA Awards for his camerawork on The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, The Hill and The Pumpkin Eater and received its Academy Fellowship in 1997.
Born on November 22, 1915, Morris took a job at Wembley Studios as a teenager before serving a bomber pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II. He resumed his movie career after the war and received his first DP credit on Golden Salamander (1949). His litany of career honors include the American Society of Cinematographers’ International Award (2000), the Society of Cinematographers’ Lifetime Achievement Award (2003) and the Order of the British Empire for “services to cinematography and the film industry” (1998)
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