Nice little real Hollywood story. With his five Emmy nominations this morning, freelance camera operator Hector Ramirez now has 60 Emmy nods to his credit. And that is the record, says the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He's picked up at least one nomination for 21 straight years, and he has 15 statues (well, if they give statues to camera guys.) Jon Weisman of Variety talked to Ramirez (no pay wall):
"I've been going now for 38 years," said Ramirez. "I started here in Los Angeles right out of school in 1968, and I've been blessed by being able to work my whole life."
Ramirez said his first job was with a small Spanish station. He worked with ABC for a year and then CBS for 7 1/2 years before going freelance, and has never worked any other job in Hollywood besides camera.
"I think it's a challenging position for me," Ramirez said. "It gives me the ability to express myself, visually. Fortunately, I've been lucky enough to have directors who like what I do.