Taylor Russell and Luca Guadagnino
Hosted by writer, actor and comedian Fortune Feimster, the 12th Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards celebrated film’s behind-the-camera talent on Nov. 5 at the Avalon Hollywood.
Paying tribute to the year’s most acclaimed films, Hamilton watches and LA Confidential magazine tapped filmmakers who authentically bring characters and stories to life. Honorees and presenters come from films released throughout the year or that qualified for the industry’s most prestigious festivals, including Cannes, Toronto and Venice.
The 12th Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards lineup included writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz for She Said presented by Carey Mulligan; producers Cathy Schulman, Viola Davis and Julius Tennon for The Woman King presented by Gina Prince-Bythewood and Thuso Mbedu; director Luca Guadagnino for Bones and All presented by Taylor Russell; set decorator Karen O'Hara for The Fabelmans presented by Paul Dano; editor Eddie Hamilton and sound designer/supervising sound editor Al Nelson for Top Gun: Maverick presented by Jay Ellis and Monica Barbaro; visual effects supervisor Guillaume Rocheron for Nope presented by Jordan Peele; costume designer Marci Rodgers for Till presented by Jalyn Hall and Frankie Faison; property master Guillaume DeLouche for Thor: Love and Thunder presented by Jaimie Alexander; cinematographer Ben Smithard for The Son and production designer Ethan Tobman for The Menu.
Notably, Kathryn Hahn presented Rian Johnson the Visionary Award for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, for which he served as writer, director and producer.
And presented by director Sarah Polley, the Craft Achievement Award will go to the team behind Women Talking: cinematographer Luc Montpellier, costume designer Quita Alfred, production designer Peter Cosco and editor Christopher Donaldson. The film stars Frances McDormand, who also produces, Rooney Mara, Jessie Buckley, Claire Foy and Ben Wishaw, among others.
During the ceremony, attendees dined among industry peers over a dinner that included a caprese heirloom tomato salad; Moroccan-spiced angus tri tip steak; grilled walnut, miso-glazed salmon, truffled mashed potatoes and grilled Mediterranean vegetables. Meanwhile backstage, honorees were treated to their choice of a Hamilton watch.
Women Talking costume designer Quita Alfred perhaps best captured the significance of the evening during her speech. Reflecting on her time with the production, she said,“Never have I been as honored to have such a collaborative, supportive, inclusive, professional experience. It was the most wonderful experience and we often said, ‘We'll never have anything like this again.’ And then we had to stop and say, ‘We're only going to have experiences like this.’”
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