Monday, January 10, 2011

25th annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards - nominations

The American Society of Cinematographers has announced the feature film nominees for the 25th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards. They are Matthew Libatique (Black Swan), Wally Pfister (Inception), Danny Cohen (The King’s Speech), Jeff Cronenweth (The Social Network) and Roger Deakins (True Grit).

Libatique, Pfister, and Cronenweth are members of the ASC, while Cohen is a member of the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC). Deakins is a member of both cinematography guilds.

With the Directors Guild nominations that were released earlier today, the Coen brothers' True Grit was left out of the picture. This time around, True Grit joins the group at the expense of The Fighter.

This is the ninth ASC nomination for Deakins. He is a previous winner for The Shawshank Redemption  (1995) and The Man Who Wasn’t There (2002), and received nominations for Fargo (1997), Kundun (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2001), No Country for Old Men (2008), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2008), Revolutionary Road (2009) and The Reader (2009). Along with his nomination for True Grit, the ASC previously announced that he will receive the ASC’s 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award.

This is Pfister's third nomination. He was previously recognized for Batman Begins (2006) and The Dark Knight (2009). Cohen, Cronenweth and Libatique are all first-time nominees.

“These five people have set the standard for today's cinematography,” says Awards Committee Chairman Richard Crudo. “Although they were nominated for a variety of films, they share the common denominator of extraordinary talent and good taste. Just their mere presence on set would elevate any production.”

“The artistically diverse approaches these talented cinematographers employed are a glimpse at what visionaries with a camera can accomplish,” says ASC President Michael Goi. “They are visual storytellers of the highest caliber.”

The winner will be announced at the ASC Awards celebration at the Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom on February 13, 2011.

The television nominees were previously announced on December 16, 2010.

Nominees in the Television Episodic Series/Pilot Category are Eagle Egilsson, ASC for “Shell Game,” Dark Blue (TNT); Jonathan Freeman, ASC for “Home,” Boardwalk Empire (HBO); Christopher Manley, ASC for “Blowing Smoke,”  Mad Men (AMC); Kramer Morgenthau, ASC for “Family Limitation,” Boardwalk Empire; David Stockton for the Nikita pilot (CW); Michael Wale, CSC for “Shield,” Smallville (CW); and Glen Winter, CSC for “Abandoned,” Smallville.

The finalists in the Television Movie/Miniseries category are David Gribble, ACS for Jesse Stone: No Remorse (CBS); Jon Joffin for “Episode 2,” Alice (Syfy) and Stephen Windon, ACS for “Okinawa,” The Pacific (HBO).

“Our members who judged these competitions were impressed by the brilliant and artful cinematography done this year,” says ASC Awards Chairman Richard Crudo. “Two of these talented individuals will claim top honors, but they are all winners. All of the nominees have earned the admiration of their peers.”

Freeman and Winter each have four previous nominations. Freeman was tapped for Prince Street, Strange Justice and Taken, and a win in 2005 for the telefilm Homeland Security. Winter’s nominations have all been for Smallville, including one win in 2008.

This is the fourth nomination for Egilsson, who won the 2010 ASC Award for an episode of Dark Blue after earning two earlier nods for CSI: Miami.

Collecting their third nominations this year are Manley (Threat Matrix, CSI: New York) and Morgenthau (Life on Mars, The Five People You Meet in Heaven).

Stockton and Joffin earn their second nods from the ASC, with Stockton winning in 2008 for Eleventh Hour and Joffin’s prior nod for The Andromeda Strain.

Gribble, Wale and Windon are all first-time ASC nominees.

“The level of artistry and innovation in television cinematography has never been higher than it is now," says ASC president Michael Goi. "Narrowing down the field to these nominees was difficult given the general excellence of the submissions."

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