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Theatrical Motion Picture:

“Bridge of Spies” (Janusz Kaminski)
“Carol” (Ed Lachman)
“Mad Max: Fury Road” (John Seale)
WINNER: “The Revenant” (Emmanuel Lubezki)
“Sicario” (Roger Deakins)


ASC Spotlight Award:

WINNER (TIE!): Adam Arkapaw, Macbeth and Mátyás Erdély, Son of Saul

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Toll
ASC Bud Stone Award of Distinction Winner: Grover Crisp

Television

WINNER: “Marco Polo” – “The Fourth Step” (Vanja Cernjul, ASC, HFS)
“12 Monkeys” – “Mentally Divergent” (David Greene, CSC)
“Gotham” – “Strike Force” (Christopher Norr)
“Gotham” – “Scarification” (Crescenzo Notarile, ASC, AIC)
“Game of Thrones” – “Hardhome” (Fabian Wagner, BSC)

The nominees for television movie, miniseries or pilot are:

“Blindspot” pilot (Martin Ahlgren)
WINNER: “Casanova” (Pierre Gill, CSC)
“The Man in the High Castle” pilot (James Hawkinson)
“Bessie” (Jeffrey Jur, ASC)
“Marco Polo” pilot (Romain Lacourbas)

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John Toll, Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Toll

  • Legends of the Fall (1994)
  • Braveheart (1995)
  • The Thin Red Line (1998)
  • Almost Famous (2000)
  • The Last Samurai (2003)
  • Gone Baby Gone (2007)
  • Tropic Thunder (2008)
  • Cloud Atlas (2012)
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016)
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  • Feli Mejía

    Go Seale!!!

  • JH

    Go anyone!

    All worthy choices.

    Richardson should be on the list, too, though.

  • Ryan Adams

    You guys help me out — my twitter is dead at the moment. I’m flying blind.

    If you see another winner announced, let me know

  • Feli Mejía

    TV Series: Vanja Černjul. Marco Polo, “The Fourth Step”

  • JH

    A TIE!

    Macbeth and Son of Saul!

  • Feli Mejía

    what is this award?

  • JH

    ASC Spotlight Award… for “outstanding cinematography in features and documentaries that are typically screened at film festivals, in limited theatrical release, or outside the United States”.

  • Feli Mejía

    Cool. Thanks

  • JH

    …and Lubezki…

  • Ryan Adams

    Thanks for you help, you guys.

    There was no way this award tonight could go to anyone who didn’t deserve it.

  • Feli Mejía

    My last hope for Seale winning the Oscar is gone 🙁

  • PollyWa

    As expected, and he’ll go on to win the Oscar. Three in a row!

    The Spotlight Award is new right, like the DGA’s First Feature award? Seems like a nice way to draw attention to younger cinematographers who’ve done great work in the past year but aren’t big enough names to crack the big category or the Oscars.

  • braylon thompson

    lubezki no surprise there

  • PollyWa

    Realistically, no one but Chivo was winning. Even people who hate TR think so; in fact one of the criticisms of the film is that it’s a triumph of cinematography over story and direction. I have a soft spot for Lachman’s work, he made Carol feel like you were back in 1952, more so than Brooklyn’s glossier take on the 1950’s. And he did it with minimal post fudging of the image, on a small budget, and in Super 16!

  • politicaldefiance

    Shocker.

  • braylon thompson

    It is the time to break PGA win stat for the first time since preferential ballet

  • mdf60

    Congratulations! It was stunning work, well deserved.

  • Jamie Teller

    I really dig the Son of Saul nod (I’m sure I’d feel the same way about Macbeth, but I haven’t gotten to see it because Harvey).

    And, whatever other issues The Revenant had, the cinematography was the year’s best. Max was great, Carol was gorgeous, but the best is the best.

  • Someone

    Seale should win this. And I still have my hopes. 😉 Academy chose “Hugo” over “The Artist” when “The Artist” was rewarded with BAFTA and “Avatar” over “The Hurt Locker” when Bigelow’s movie won BAFTA. And ASC LOVES their Chivo (it’s his 5th award but he won Oscars only two times so far). We’ll see. 🙂

  • Noel Vanegas

    one of the most deserved wins ever

  • Feli Mejía

    Hey.. Nice to meet you!!
    Glad someone else thinks Seale should win this. MM:FR looked stunning.

  • Ryan Adams

    This topic is a lot more friendly, relaxed and less stressful than the BAFTA Award page.

  • Feli Mejía

    Best is subjective..

  • Wayman Wong

    At least Seale has an Oscar for ”English Patient.” I hope Deakins wins someday. It doesn’t look like his 13th Oscar nomination willl be that lucky. But my fingers are crossed for his ”Untitled Blade Runner Project.”

  • PollyWa

    There are no duds in this category. It’s a real Cinematography Allstars lineup. It’s almost a pity someone has to win when the lineup is this good.

  • Hal Jordan

    No surprise. But I really hope that everyone stop rewarding Chivo. He’s great but not the only DP in the world.

  • Ryan Adams

    So true. Usually when we post guild awards winners we only post the names of the winners.

    But for the ASC last night we decided to leave the names of all the fellow nominees in view — let all 5 nominees stand alongside the winner.

    We note the winner prominently — but I just couldn’t bear to delete the names of the other four nominees. Not these guys. Not for these movies.

    They’re all 5 masters who created 5 masterpieces.

  • RobertRoss

    Yawn.

  • Jo Farrell

    …for everything. Do we stop having awards though?

  • PollyWa

    Confession. I’m actually not thrilled about Kaminski. I would have replaced him with someone else here. Maybe Richardson like AMPAS, or a left field choice like Arkapaw? He’s still a very fine DoP, an Allstar like the rest; I just find his work with Spielberg very samey now. I guess that’s the danger after so many years together.

  • eclipse22 rafagirl

    in all objectivity the best man won ! that said sicario was equally gorgeous i came out of that movie wowed but i’ve previously said the revenant edges out slightly sicario cinematography for me , some people find the movie slow at times but i was tots engrossed in it from start to finish and lubesky work was a big part of why , sometimes a movie just has everything fitting so well together , just awesome teamwork on display !

    would you guys say these two have a rivalry ? sure reminds me of a few they are the best at what they do no doubt about that !

  • RobertRoss

    Inflammatory comments are fun, Ryan 🙂

  • Damian Pietrzak

    Chivo is in another league, world so no surprise here.

  • Elton Almeida

    Chivo is a genius, always love his works, but it’s his 5th award, the third consecutive! I mean, they could’ve used this to reward another prime DP like Lachman! Carol’s cinematography is my favorite and it sucks seeing it win zero awards.

    Now, will he make history and win a third consecutive Oscar also? I wasn’t buying it, but since it seems Iñarritu will be the first ever director to win BP back -to-back…

  • Damian Pietrzak

    For me Cinematography in Revenant was the BEST i have ever seen but again, i didnt saw many great films yet

  • Elton Almeida

    I agree. Not a fan of how he lensed Bridge of Spies. Although I prefere it to Richardson’s Hateful 8.

  • Henrique Cabral

    I was hoping this would have gone to John Seale, for coming out of retirement for the brilliant cinematography on mad max (seriously, see it on a big full HD screen on bluray…) but can’t fault this Lubezki win either. oh well..!

  • Henrique Cabral

    Agreed!

  • I don’t even need to watch any other movie released this year: if there is any justice (I know there isn’t), he will sweep everything again for Knight of Cups.

  • Damian Pietrzak

    Yeah, another great work there. But film SUCK its so boring, there is no plot.

  • Plot is overrated.

  • Steven Kane

    I just watched it the other week and I found almost nothing remarkable about it…including the cinematography. It seemed all shot on the fly. I really went into it with real high hopes at least for Lubezki’s work.

    Edit: When I say “almost nothing”, that means there is still some good in there and it comes from him with a few good shots. There may not be any story but the narration is so…basic. It’s completely recycled. It pains me to say that because I love Malick’s movies.

  • Steven Kane

    I can’t really fault Lubezki winning the last 2 years, and most likely again with Revenant, but, as fantastic as Revenant, Birdman and Gravity look, I’d happily see him trade in 3 Oscars for those films for the wins he deserved for Children of Men and Tree of Life. Hell, I’d love it if he traded in those 3 just for Tree of Life.

  • RobertRoss

    You mean like The Revenant?

  • politicaldefiance

    All strong choices, but for me The New World is still his best collaboration with Malick. I think it would have been great if he won the Oscar for that one.

  • Will

    I wish TR would have been shot on film. It’s digital photography gives it a too-clean look, especially for the setting it’s in.

  • Pete Miesel

    Again, the guilds are rapidly showing that Revenant is about to pull off an 11 win Oscar night. Yes, even Hardy.

  • Will

    I hope Hardy wins, but only because I’m in love with him. I suppose Rylance technically deserves it more.

  • Chung Fang

    Count me in. ASC picked The Patriot as the winner over Crouching Tiger, and Tiger won the Oscar. Maybe Mad Max still has a small chance.

  • Chung Fang

    It is not going to sweep like that.

  • Pete Miesel

    Actually, I think it is. The hive mind of the Academy will surprise in multiple techs to “make it up to the guys who should have won for Birdman”.

    Telling you, this is coming.

  • Steven Kane

    Not that I agree, but which is the Oscar is does not win? 12 noms, 11 wins, what’s left out?

  • Chung Fang

    If Avatar could win over ASC winner The White Ribbon, maybe Mad Max still has a chance.

  • Chung Fang

    Not gonna happen.

  • Steven Kane

    Or…Ping Bin Lee for The Assassin.

  • Pete Miesel

    I’m thinking the Visual Effects award. It wins Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Costumes, Makeup, and both sound awards. Which one is the implausible one there?

  • Freddy Almonte

    There’s no plot in The Revenant?…You read Sasha too much

  • Steven Kane

    I’m thinking it only wins picture, director, actor, cinematography and maybe production design.

  • Sorry to ask, but is this the first time you follow awards season?

  • Pete Miesel

    Follow it every year, just telling you that the hive mind about Inarritu is strong.

  • RobertRoss

    Thank goodness Sasha writes on this website otherwise I wouldn’t know where to steal my opinions.

  • M. Murtaza Murad

    i want seale to win too

  • My favorite work in this department:

    1. Stuart Drybourgh – “Blackhat”
    2. Michael McDonough – “Sunset Song”
    3. Robert Richardson – “Hateful Eight”
    4. Rob Hardy – “Ex Machina”
    5. John Seale – “Mad Max: Fury Road”
    6. Mark Lee Ping Bing – “The Assassin”
    7. Sergio Amstrong – “The Club”
    8. Maryse Alberti – “Creed”
    8. Ed Lachman – “Carol”
    9. Sergio Amstrong – “The Club”
    10. Vladimir Ilin, Yuriy Klimenko – “Hard to Be a God”

  • Steven Kane

    Bryce, I know you’re a Blackhat fan but that’s your favorite photography of the year? I finally watched it the other day…we have very different opinions on it haha

  • Steven Kane

    Deakins will win but I’ve never felt he towered over any other nominee of any given year. I loved the win for There Will Be Blood, it’s one of my favorite films and the cinematography alone made the work a masterpiece. But the closest Deakins came to winning, and one that would be the most deserved, is Assassination of Jesse James. I said it a few weeks back, I think he’ll win for Blade Runner sequel and I never say he’s going to win for a particular project. Him and Denis are a great combo.

  • RobertRoss

    I loved the photography in Son of Saul and It Follows.

  • Haha no hard feelings, I think that’s how most people feel about it probably, but yeah I’d have voted for it.

  • Loved those too! Also notable work in “Phoenix,” “Crimson Peak,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Magic Mike XXL,” “Timbuktu,” “Sicario,” “Beasts of No Nation,” “The Martian,” and “Horse Money”

    And yeah I suppose what Chivo accomplished is impressive to say the yeast.

  • RobertRoss

    There was some great cinematography this year (I would add “Room”, “Beasts of no nation”, “Macbeth” to that lot) and unfortunately Chivo’s is not my favorite but it’s still great.

    If you watch “The brand new testament”, I think you’ll love its cinematography too.

  • looks great indeed

  • austin888

    Hardy, no. Stallone has it. He’s the sympathetic “due” vote. More than DiCaprio by far.

  • austin888

    Sound Editing. Not Production Design. Make-up maybe, maybe not. I think the techs will be split between it, Mad Max and TFA

  • austin888

    If only The New World had been a better over all film instead of the meandering mess it was.

  • austin888

    Depends on who you talk to about it.

  • austin888

    Don’t get the love for Carol’s cinematography. Nothing special for me. I loved the fashion/costuming and other things in Carol much more.

  • soverybored

    I liked it more then The Tree of Life.

  • eclipse22 rafagirl

    i walked out of that movie after 10mn and by minute 5 i was already twitching to leave …the lobster was another movie i walked out of …real disappointing when you read raves about it and it just doesn’t compute with what you’re seeing on screen and i usually like these festival circuit films hmm

  • Steven Kane

    Knight of Cups was a real chore to work through. I loved The Lobster though. It featured some truly great cinematography and storytelling.

  • mdf60

    I agree, but the Revenant was just so stunning it really can’t lose this category. Not just the visual beauty (shot mostly in natural light), but how he moved the camera around in many sequences, putting you right in the action.

  • Keifer Schultz

    For me, the best cinematography of the year is a tie between two films: Adam Arkapaw’s gritty and spooky images in “Macbeth” and Dan Laustsen’s stunning work in “Crimson Peak”. Both cinematographers are not Oscar nominated. I don’t care. For me, their work was the best of the year: innovative, bold, and beautiful.

    Having said that, I have to admit that I have not seen “The Revenant” or “Mad Max” movies this year. I’m seeing the former this weekend, and I’m hoping the later will receive another theatrical release in Portland before the Oscars, as I missed seeing it in the summer. I really love John Seale’s past work (“The Thin Red Line” and “Braveheart”) and also Emmanuel Lubezki’s work (especially “Sleepy Hollow” and “Children of Men”), so I’ve got to get my ass to a theater and watch their Oscar-nominated films this year.

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