Cinematographer Allen Daviau, a five-time Academy Award nominee for movies together with Steven Spielberg’s “E.T. the Further Terrestrial” and “Empire of the Solar,” died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 77.
Meals editor and author Colman Andrews wrote on Twitter that Daviau had died of coronavirus on the MPTF hospital. “RIP Allen Daviau, my buddy of just about 60 years, cinematographer and bon vivant, five-time Academy Award nominee, eating companion extraordinaire, pure soul, who left us final night time on the MPTF Hospital, his longtime house, after contracting COVID-19. Salut, mon ami.”
Daviau, a New Orleans native, was nominated for Oscars for Spielberg films “The Shade Purple,” “Empire of the Solar,” and “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” — together with two Barry Levinson movies, “Avalon” and “Bugsy.”
Daviau began out within the career by taking pictures pre-MTV-era musicvideos of such teams because the Animals and the Jimi Hendrix Expertise. He teamed up with Spielberg in 1968 to make a 26-minute movie referred to as “Amblin” shot in 35mm with no dialogue, simply music and sound results.
Daviau’s different credit embody John Schlesinger’s “The Falcon and the Snowman,” Albert Brooks’ “Defending Your Life” and Peter Weir’s “Fearless.”
Kees van Oostrum, president of the American Society of Cinematographers, additionally confirmed Daviau’s passing in an announcement:
“It’s with nice remorse and disappointment that I’ve to announce the passing final night time of my buddy and an incredible member of the society, Mr. Allen Daviau, ASC. Allen began his profession taking pictures the early films of Stephen Spielberg, together with Amblin (1968), and went on to a formidable profession as a cinematographer with films which have deeply impressed us all. He was honored with 5 Academy Award nominations, was bestowed our Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 and gained our Excellent ASC Achievement in Cinematography for Bugsy (1991) and Empire of the Solar (1987). He amassed a formidable physique of labor: E.T. the Further-Terrestrial (1982), The Shade Purple (1985), and Avalon (1990), simply to say a couple of.”
“Allen was lively in our society in some ways like chairing our membership committee for a number of years,” van Oostrum stated. “Additionally, his dedication to instructing our craft and being very accessible for younger cinematographers will eternally be engraved in our recollections. He can be remembered fondly for his humorousness, his style for the most effective of meals and his giggle that unmistakably marked his presence from far-off.
“Allen was 77 years previous and I’m proud that we had been capable of host him throughout our 100-year celebration final yr. He informed me then that it was for him “probably the greatest of presents life needed to provide”. His smile that night was affectionate and many people had been capable of pay him respect. You can be missed a lot, expensive Allen,” van Oostrum concluded.