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Overview (4)

Born in Ruislip, England, UK
Died in Fontmell Magna, Dorset, England, UK
Birth NameOswald Norman Morris
Nickname Ossie

Mini Bio (1)

Oscar-winning cinematography Oswald Morris was one of the most outstanding directors of photography of the 20th Century, making his reputation by expanding the parameters of color cinematography. Born in November 1915 in Hillingdon, Middlesex, England, a month short of his 17th birthday, he became a factotum and clapper boy at Wembley Studios, which churned out quota quickies. The studio made one movie a week at a cost of one pound per foot of film. He left the studio in the spring of 1933 to go to work at British International Pictures at Elstree Studios, but soon returned to Wembley after it was taken over by Fox and became a camera assistant.

In World War II, he served as a Royal Air Force bomber pilot, flying missions over France and Germany before being transferred to transport planes. After being demobilized, Morris joined Independent Producers at Pinewood Studios in January 1946, where he became a camera operator for director of photography Ronald Neame. When Neame became a director, he was promoted to d.p. on Golden Salamander (1950) (1950). He soon made his name shooting Moulin Rouge (1952) (1952) for John Huston, which was famous for its use of color suggesting the palette of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the subject of the film. The British Society of Cinematographers awarded him its Best Cinematography Award for his work on the film.

"Ossie" Morris had a distinguished career as a director of photography for 30 years, working with some of the top directors in English-language film, including Huston, Stanley Kubrick and Sidney Lumet. He was nominated three times for an Academy Award, for Oliver! (1968), Fiddler on the Roof (1971), and The Wiz (1978). He won an Oscar for "Fiddler" plus three BAFTA Awards and was honored with the International Award by the American Society of Cinematographers in 2000.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Spouse (2)

Lillian Fox (1966 - 2003) ( her death) ( 3 children)
Connie Sharp (1939 - 1963) ( her death)

Trivia (10)

Renowned for his innovative colour styles for films such as Moulin Rouge as well as well as continuing the use of black and white.
Brother of Reginald H. Morris.
Worked on eight films with John Huston and five with Ronald Neame. Neame was also one of his closest associates within the film industry.
Member of the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC) , receiving their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.
Won three consecutive Bafta's in the category Best British Cinematography in Black and White for his works in The Pumpkin Eater (1964), The Hill (1965) and The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1965), this one eligible for the award in 1967.
As a wartime pilot in RAF Bomber Command he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in 1943 and with Transport Command the Air Force Cross (AFC) in 1945. He was demobbed at the end of the war as a Flight Lieutenant.
Awarded the Order of the British Empire - Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998 for services to cinematography and the film industry.
A favorite cinematographer of John Huston's, working with him on eight films; these include "Reflections In A Golden Eye", where Morris's contribution is uncredited and the 1957 version of "A Farewell To Arms", where Huston resigned after disagreements with the producer. Morris also left the production, but, unlike Huston, retained his credit.
Awarded a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Fellowship in 1997.
His three British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, The Pumpkin Eater (1964), The Hill (1965) and The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1966) were all in black and white whilst his three American Academy Award nominations Oliver! (1968), Fiddler On The Roof (1971) - which he won - and The Wiz (1978) were all in full colour.

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