John Toll

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John Toll
Born (1952-06-15) June 15, 1952 (age 68)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active1971–present
Organization American Society of Cinematographers
Known for Braveheart
The Thin Red Line
The Last Samurai
Cloud Atlas
Spouse(s)
(m. 1998)
Awards Academy Award for Best Cinematography
1995 Legends of the Fall
1996 Braveheart

BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
1996 Braveheart

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Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
1999 The Thin Red Line
2004 The Last Samurai

John Toll, ASC (born June 15, 1952) is an American cinematographer and television producer. [1] [2] Toll's filmography spans a wide variety of genres, including epic period drama, comedy, science fiction, and contemporary drama. He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in both 1994 and 1995 for Legends of the Fall and Braveheart respectively, and has also won numerous BAFTA, ASC, and Satellite Awards. [3] He has collaborated with several noteworthy directors, including Francis Ford Coppola, Edward Zwick, Terrence Malick, Mel Gibson, Cameron Crowe, The Wachowskis, and Ang Lee. [4]

Outside film, he has shot several commercials, the pilot episode of Emmy Award-winning drama series Breaking Bad , and has served as chief cinematographer on the Netflix original series Sense8 by the Wachowskis, on which he also got executive producing credit in its second season. [5]

Life and career

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Toll began work on his first film Norma Rae , in 1978 as a camera operator. He won back-to-back Academy Awards for Best Cinematography in 1994 and 1995, for the movies Legends of the Fall and Braveheart . He is also only 1 of 4 cinematographers to win back-to-back Oscars.

He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his work on The Thin Red Line and won an Honorable Mention at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival. [6] He was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for the pilot of Breaking Bad .

He was the cinematographer in 1987 for a Ben-Gay baseball-themed national television commercial shot in Anaheim Stadium in southern California, written and co-directed by Peter Hoffman, a creative director at the New York advertising agency Ally & Gargano. It was the first commercial to use a baseball team's human mascot – in this case a giant "bird" – as a star in a commercial.

He has been a regular collaborator for acclaimed filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola, Edward Zwick, Cameron Crowe and The Wachowskis. He was presented with the ASC's Lifetime Achievement Award on February 14, 2016.

Personal life

Toll is married to Lois Burwell who also worked on Braveheart as the make-up artist (for which she won an Oscar, too). [7]

Filmography

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Film

YearTitleDirectorNotes
1971 The Young Graduates Robert Anderson Co-cinematographer with J. Barry Herron
1972 The Hoax
1985 The Beach Boys: An American Band Malcolm Leo Documentary film
1992 Wind Carroll Ballard
1994 Legends of the Fall Edward Zwick
1995 Braveheart Mel Gibson
1996 Jack Francis Ford Coppola
1997 The Rainmaker
1998 The Thin Red Line Terrence Malick
1999 Simpatico Matthew Warchus
2000 Almost Famous Cameron Crowe
2001 Captain Corelli's Mandolin John Madden
Vanilla Sky Cameron Crowe
2003 The Last Samurai Edward Zwick
2005 Elizabethtown Cameron Crowe
2006 Seraphim Falls David Von Ancken
2007 Rise: Blood Hunter Sebastian Gutierrez
Gone Baby Gone Ben Affleck
2008 Tropic Thunder Ben Stiller
2009 It's Complicated Nancy Meyers
2011 The Adjustment Bureau George Nolfi
2012 The Odd Life of Timothy Green Peter Hedges
Cloud Atlas The Wachowskis
Tom Tykwer
Co-cinematographer with Frank Griebe
2013 Iron Man 3 Shane Black
2015 Jupiter Ascending The Wachowskis
2016 Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Ang Lee
2019 Harriet Kasi Lemmons
2021 The Matrix 4 Lana Wachowski Post-Production

Television

YearTitleNotes
1979...And Your Name Is JonahTelevision film
Portrait of a Stripper
1980 The Boy Who Drank Too Much
Belle Starr
Blinded by the Light
1988Hiroshima Maiden
1989 The Young Riders Episode "The Kid"
1990Goodnight Sweet Wife: A Murder in BostonTelevision film
2008 Breaking Bad Episode "Pilot"
2015-17 Sense8 24 episodes;
Also executive producer (12 episodes)

Awards

Academy Awards

YearTitleCategoryResult
1994Legends of the Fall Best Cinematography Won
1995BraveheartWon
1998The Thin Red LineNominated

BAFTA Awards

YearTitleCategoryResult
1995Braveheart Best Cinematography Won

Satellite Awards

YearTitleCategoryResult
1998The Thin Red Line Best Cinematography Won
2003The Last SamuraiWon
2016Billy Lynn's Long Halftime WalkNominated

American Society of Cinematographers

YearTitleCategoryResult
1994Legends of the Fall Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Nominated
1995BraveheartWon
1998The Thin Red LineWon
2003The Last SamuraiNominated

Other awards

YearTitleAwardsResult
1994Legends of the Fall Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Won
1995BraveheartWon
1998The Thin Red Line Berlin International Film Festival Honorable Mention Won
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography Won
BSC Award for Best Cinematography in a Feature Film Nominated
Chlotrudis Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
2003The Last Samurai Hollywood Film Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Won
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
2012Cloud Atlas German Film Award for Best Cinematography Won
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
2019Harriet Black Reel Award for Outstanding Cinematography Nominated

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References

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