ASC Announces Awards Film Nominations

January 10, 2011 – Matthew Libatique, ASC (Black Swan), Wally Pfister, ASC (Inception), Danny Cohen, BSC (The King’s Speech), Jeff Cronenweth, ASC (The Social Network), and Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC (True Grit) have been nominated in the feature film category of the 25th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards.

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

“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.”

This is the ninth nomination for Deakins in the ASC feature film competition. He earned top honors for The Shawshank Redemption (1995) and The Man Who Wasn’t There (2002), and other 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). In addition to his nomination for True Grit, Deakins will also be honored as the recipient of the ASC’s 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award.

This is the third nomination for Pfister who was previously recognized for Batman Begins (2006) and The Dark Knight (2009).

Cohen, Cronenweth and Libatique are all first-time nominees.

“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.”

  1. Fox Searchlight is shooting themselves in the foot. SAG actors are having the hardest time downloading Black Swan, 127 Hours, and Conviction from iTunes. The servers are too slow. This is going to put those films at a disadvantage compared to standard DVD screeners.

  2. @ Danny-
    Well thats too bad but as a cinematographer we would prefer that other cinematographers vote for these. People that understand the craft. When the general membership at the academy votes, you get winners like Legends of the Fall(portraits of Brad Pitt) winning over Shawshank Redemption. Pretty pictures end up winning over cinematic and appropriate choices that support the story.

  3. I’m torn between Inception and The Social Network but Deakins is LONG overdue, he’ll most likely get it.

  4. What about The Fighter’s Hoyte Van Hoytema and Blue Valentine’s Andrij Parekh? They are a great fresh take on the future of cinematography. I’m sorry to you Trie Grit lovers out there but there were flaws in True Grits filming that really took me out of the film. It was Deakins weakest attempt thus far in my opinion. You cannot compare his work to a natural style Fighter and Valentine were shot under. So fresh and beautiful. Very upset about Deakins. Not his best work by far!

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