Wednesday, January 9, 2013

American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards – nominations

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has just announced the nominations for film for the 27th Annual ASC Awards.

Selecting along the same lines as BAFTA just a few hours ago, the ASC chose to nominated Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC, for Anna Karenina, Danny Cohen, BSC, for Les Misérables, Claudio Miranda, ASC, for Life of Pi, Janusz Kaminski for Lincoln, and Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC, for Skyfall.

Contending films that did not manage a mention include Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, Tarantino's Django Unchained and Ben Affleck's Argo. Detractors of Les Misérables who complained incessantly about Hooper's DGA nomination will no doubt not be pleased with its ASC nomination for Danny Cohen. Many people seem to have objected to the unique filmmaking style and assumed (wrongly) that the approach was haphazard and shoddy, rather than artistic and groundbreaking in allowing an exceptional level of acting in a musical never before seen.

“The films our members have nominated are visually distinctive, and very diverse: a theatrical epic, a grand musical, an imaginative 3-D fable, a sweeping biographical drama, and a stylish spy thriller,” notes ASC President Stephen Lighthill. “What they all have in common is that each project’s cinematographer contributed captivating visuals that enhanced and elevated the storytelling.”

This year’s nod brings Deakins’ total to 11. He won ASC Awards for The Shawshank Redemption (1995) and The Man Who Wasn’t There (2002). His other nominations were 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), The Reader (2009) and True Grit (2011). He was also the recipient of the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

This is Kaminski’s fifth nomination. His prior nominations were for Schindler’s List (1994), Amistad (1998), Saving Private Ryan (1999) and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2008).

Cohen, McGarvey and Miranda have all been recognized once previously – Cohen for The King’s Speech (2011); McGarvey for Atonement (2008); and Miranda for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2009).

Previously announced special awards will go to Dean Semler ASC, ACS, who will receive the 2012 ASC Lifetime Achievement Award; Rodney Charters, ASC, CSC, who will get the Career Achievement in Television Award; Robby Müller, NSC, BVK, who will be presented with the International Achievement Award; and Curtis Clark, ASC, who will receive the President’s Award.

The winners of the 27th Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography will be announced on February 10, 2013, at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom.

Complete list of nominations for the 27th Annual ASC Awards

Theatrical Release Award
Anna Karenina (Seamus McGarvey)
Les Misérables (Danny Cohen)
Life of Pi (Claudio Miranda)
Lincoln (Janusz Kaminski)
Skyfall (Roger Deakins)

Previously announced nominations for Television:

Regular Series One-Hour Television Award
Balazs Bolygo, HSC for Cinemax’s Hunted (“Mort”)
Chris Manley, ASC for AMC’s Mad Men (“The Phantom”)
Kramer Morgenthau, ASC for HBO’s Game of Thrones (“The North Remembers”)
David Moxness, CSC for FOX’s Fringe (“Letters of Transit”)
Mike Spragg for Cinemax’s Strike Back (Episode 11)
David Stockton, ASC for FOX’s Alcatraz (Pilot)

Motion Picture/Miniseries Television Award
Michael Goi, ASC for FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum (“I am Anne Frank: Part 2”)
Florian Hoffmeister for the PBS Masterpiece presentation of Great Expectations
Arthur Reinhart for History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys
Rogier Stoffers, ASC for HBO’s Hemingway & Gellhorn

Regular Series Half-Hour Television Award
Ken Glassing for FOX’s Ben and Kate (“Guitar Face”)
Michael Goi, ASC for NBC’s The New Normal (Pilot)
Peter Levy, ASC for Showtime’s House of Lies (“Gods of Dangerous Financial Instruments”)
Bradford Lipson for FX’s Wilfred (“Truth”)
Michael Price for ABC’s Happy Endings (“Four Weddings and a Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and One Funeral)”

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