Emmanuel Lubezki, the cinematographer behind Birdman, won the top film honor tonight at the 29th Annual ASC Awards in Century City. He beat out the cinematographers behind The Imitation Game, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Unbroken and Mr. Turner. The film continues its awards-season momentum that includes wins at the DGA, SAG, PGA, Cinema Audio Society and Art Directors Guild in just the past few weeks.
Jonathan Freeman picked up his third American Society of Cinematographers’ trophy for Boardwalk Empire, beating two episodes of Game of Thrones and other competition for best cinematography in an episode of a regular series. He thanked HBO for shooting all five seasons of the Prohibition-era drama on Kodak stock.
Awards were doled tonight in four competitive categories, with the rest of the ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza focused on this ASC’s individual honorees. Barbra Streisand received the ASC Board of Governors Award, which is presented to a person who has advanced the art and craft of filmmaking. “My favorite cameramen are the ones who never said, ‘No, it can’t be done,'” she said in accepting the award. Streisand gave shout-outs to some of the cinematographers she worked with, including Harry Stradling on her first film Funny Girl (1968), Gordon Willis on Up The Sandbox (1972) and James Wong Howe on Funny Lady (1975). The multihyphenate also told the crowd she wanted three-time Oscar winner Vittorio Storaro for her 1983 directorial debut Yentl.
Lawrence Kasdan presented the cinematographers’ Lifetime Achievement Award to John Bailey, whose 40-plus years includes credits ranging from American Gigolo and The Big Chill to Groundhog Day, As Good As It Gets and the new Robert Redford-Nick Nolte pic A Walk In The Woods. “John Bailey can be cranky,” Kasdan said, “but not nearly as cranky as our friend Owen Roizman. That’s the gold standard for cranky.”
Bill Roe was given the Career Achievement in Television Award, Matthew Leonetti the Presidents Award and Phil Méheux the International Award. Just announced tonight were Danny Clairmont and Otto Nemenz as winners of the Bud Stone Award, which honors distinguished service to the ASC.
Here is the complete list of winners:
Theatrical Motion Picture
Episode Of A Regular Series
Boardwalk Empire, “Golden Days for Boys and Girls” (HBO)
Television Movie, Miniseries or Pilot
Manhattan, Pilot (WGN America)
Peter Flinckenberg, Concrete Night (Betoniyö)