Earlier today we heard the nominees from the Director’s Guild Of America. Now we receive news on the nominees from the American Society of Cinematography. The nominees are Matthew Libatique (Black Swan), Wally Pfister (Inception), Danny Cohen (The King’s Speech), Jeff Cronenweth (The Social Network), and Roger Deakins (True Grit). A pretty fair list, although I’d substitute in Anthony Dod Mantle and Enrique Chediak (127 Hours) in and take out Danny Cohen. The night will belong to the legendary Roger Deakins, undoubtedly, but I’d love to see Pfister get the award. He worked with Nolan on both Batman films and his work is truly spectacular. Like the Director’s Guild of America nominees, these should be fairly representative of the Oscar nominees for the Cinematography category.
Who do you want to see win the award?
Check out the full press release below.
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.”