Though there were not many Greeks nominated yesterday at the 2016 Academy Awards, with the exception of George Miller for Best Director, one Greek managed to win the Oscar for Best Short Film with “Stutterer”.
Michael Paleodimos was the director of photography for the award-winning film, and yesterday he walked up to the stage along with Benjamin Clear and Serena Armitage, the writer/director and producer of the movie, to accept the Academy Award.
The Irish-produced film follows the story of a young and reclusive typographer who has a severe speech impediment that causes other to judge him or completely pass him by, yet he has a very intense and articulate inner voice that only the viewer gets to hear.
Before winning last night, the film had already racked up numerous distinctions and awards at film festivals all over the world, including the Heartland Film Festival and the Edmonton International Film Festival.
So who is Michael Paleodimos? For one, he is quickly rising in the world of film.
He followed a strange career path to get to the Academy Awards, as he was a scientist turned photographer; he started shooting for elite magazines like Esquire, Vogue and Cosmopolitan before entering the movie industry as a production assistant at Pulse Films London. In the last couple of years, he has been primary shooting fashion videos, shorts and commercials.
He will definitely be a Greek to watch in the coming years.