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Roger Deakins and 1917 win Theatrical prize at ASC Awards

The Theatrical Award for best cinematography in a motion picture went to Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC, for 1917 at the 34th American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards.

Jarin Blaschke took the Spotlight Award for The Lighthouse and Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma won the inaugural Documentary Award for Honeyland. In the TV categories, winners included Colin Watkinson, ASC, BSC, for The Handmaid’s Tale; John Conroy, ISC, for The Terror: Infamy; and C. Kim Miles, CSC, MySC, for Project Blue Book.

TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz hosted the awards gala, which was held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

Below is the complete list of winners and nominees:

Theatrical Release Category – presented by Diane Lane

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC – “1917” – WINNER

Phedon Papamichael, ASC, GSC – “Ford v Ferrari”

Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC – “The Irishman”

Robert Richardson, ASC – “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Lawrence Sher, ASC – “Joker”

Jarin Blaschke – The Lighthouse

Spotlight Award Category – presented by Bartosz Bielenia

 

Jarin Blaschke – “The Lighthouse” – WINNER

Natasha Braier, ASC, ADF – “Honey Boy”

Jasper Wolf, NSC – “Monos”


Documentary Category – presented by Todd Phillips

Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma – “Honeyland” – WINNER

Nicholas de Pencier – “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch”

Evangelia Kranioti – “Obscuro Barroco”


Episode of a Series for Non-Commercial Television – presented by Emily Deschanel

David Luther – “Das Boot,” Gegen die Zeit (episode 6)

M. David Mullen, ASC – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Simone

Colin Watkinson – Handmaid’s Tale

Chris Seager, BSC – “Carnival Row,” Grieve No More

Brendan Steacy, CSC – “Titans,” Dick Grayson

Colin Watkinson, ASC, BSC – “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Night – WINNER


Episode of a Series for Commercial Television – presented by Jane Lynch

Dana Gonzales, ASC – “Legion,” Chapter 20

C. Kim Miles, CSC, MySC – “Project Blue Book,” The Flatwoods Monster – WINNER

Polly Morgan, ASC, BSC – “Legion,” Chapter 23

Peter Robertson, ISC – “Vikings,” Hell

David Stockton, ASC – “Gotham,” Ace Chemicals


Motion Picture, Miniseries, or Pilot Made for Television – presented by Michael McKean

John Conroy – The Terror: Infamy

John Conroy, ISC – “The Terror: Infamy,” A Sparrow in a Swallow’s Nest – WINNER

P.J. Dillon, ISC – “The Rook,” Chapter 1

Chris Manley, ASC – “Doom Patrol,” pilot

Martin Ruhe, ASC – “Catch-22,” Episode 5

Craig Wrobleski, CSC – “The Twilight Zone,” Blurryman

With the exception of Deakins, all of the awards were handed out to first-time winners. Deakins collected the top honor last year for “Blade Runner 2049” and previously for “Skyfall,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” and “The Shawshank Redemption.”

Honorary awards were also presented, including:

Frederick Elmes (left) talking about his award.

The ASC Board of Governors Award was given to Werner Herzog by Paul Holdengräber, interviewer/curator/writer and executive director of the Onassis Foundation. The award recognizes Herzog’s significant and indelible contributions to cinema. It is the only ASC Award not given to a cinematographer and is reserved for filmmakers who have been champions of the visual art form.

  • The ASC Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Frederick Elmes, ASC, by writer-director Lisa Cholodenko. The duo collaborated on the Emmy-winning “Olive Kittridge.”
  • The ASC Career Achievement in Television Award was handed out to Donald A. Morgan, ASC, by actor Tim Allen. The two work together on the award-winning “Last Man Standing,” and previously collaborated on “Home Improvement.”
  • The International Award was bestowed upon Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC, by writer-director Joel Coen. The duo has joined forces on several films, including the Oscar-nominated “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”
  • This year’s President’s Award went to Don McCuaig, ASC. It was given to him by longtime friend and actor-stuntman Mickey Gilbert.
  • The ASC Bud Stone Award of Distinction was given to Kim Snyder, president and CEO of Panavision. This award is presented to an ASC Associate Member who has demonstrated extraordinary service to the society and/or has made a significant contribution to the motion-picture industry.

 Main Image: Roger Deakins and his wife James Deakins

ASC’s feature film nominees include 1917, Joker

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has nominated eight feature films in the Theatrical and Spotlight categories of the 34th ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards. Winners will be named at the ASC’s annual awards on January 25 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

This year’s nominees are:

Theatrical Release

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC, for 1917
Phedon Papamichael, ASC, GSC, for Ford v Ferrari
Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC, for The Irishman
Robert Richardson, ASC, for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Lawrence Sher, ASC, for Joker

Spotlight Award
Jarin Blaschke for The Lighthouse
Natasha Braier, ASC, ADF, for Honey Boy
Jasper Wolf, NSC, for Mono

This is Deakins’ 16th nomination by the society, which has sent him home a winner four times (The Shawshank Redemption, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Skyfall, Blade Runner 2049). Richardson earns his 11th nomination, while Papamichael and Prieto have each been recognized three times in the past by the organization. Sher, Blaschke, Braier and Wolf are first-time nominees.

Last year’s Theatrical winner was Łukasz Żal, PSC, for Cold War, which was also Oscar-nominated for Best Cinematography.

The Spotlight Award, introduced in 2014, recognizes cinematography in features that may not receive wide theatrical release. The accolade went to Giorgi Shvelidze for Namme in 2019.