He is the man who photographed
Coming back to Shamroy and the reason he is back in news thirty-years after death, you must know that the man, over the course of his five decade long career, had garnered four Oscar wins. Together with Charles Lang, Shamroy holds the record for the most number of academy award nominations in the best cinematography category. He is also the first technician in the history of cinema to employ the path breaking wide screen format, known today as CinemaScope. His wholehearted devotion to the precise and brilliant use of light is often considered iconic by movie gurus. Leon Shamroy, therefore, is a name that will forever be remembered in cinema discourses for more reasons than one.
Shamroy’s Oscar, slated to go on auction, is an amazing figure which stands on a film reel measuring 10.25'' from the reel’s base to the statue’s head. The diameter measures something around 5.25'', with the statue’s weight being 6 lbs. A notarized authorization letter by Shamroy’s widow accompanies the masterpiece. All said and done, to whom the Oscar finally goes this season is something only time can tell.
UPDATE: Oscar presented to Leon Shamroy for his colour cinematography fetched cool $551,588 in an online auction.