New York, NY -- December 1, 2003 -- The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, in its 95th year of celebrating film, will present the talented John Toll with the 2003 Career Achievement Award for Cinematography. The annual gala will be held on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at Tavern on the Green in New York City.
Toll has been stunning audiences with his brilliant cinematography for over 30 years. One of the few artists to earn back-to-back Academy Awards, he was honored for Best Cinematography in 1995 for Legends of the Fall and in 1996 for Braveheart. His work on 1998's The Thin Red Line also garnered him an Oscar nomination, as well as several critic groups' awards. His other memorable films include Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous and Vanilla Sky, and Francis Ford Coppola's The Rainmaker.
In 2003's The Last Samurai, Toll reteams with Legend's Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz to capture the sprawling landscape and emotional grit of the battle scenes. His complex work with lighting, lenses and camera speed thrust the viewer into the ethereal world of individuals fighting to defend their principles in a conflict between modern and traditional beliefs.
"We are thrilled to be honoring the outstanding work of John Toll," commented NBR President Annie Schulhof. "Mr. Toll's ability to set the film's tone and mood by 'painting with light' is unsurpassed. His sense of composition leaves the viewer with indelible images."
The full list of 2003 winners including Best Film and Best Actor and Actress will be released on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003. Formed in 1909, the National Board of Review celebrates film both as art and entertainment. The group screens over 300 films per year and honors the very best in various categories of film, direction and performance. In addition, the NBR works to endow scholarships for film students and to underwrite educational film programs. For more information about the National Board, log onto www.nbrmp.org.