Cinematographers Society

Anna Karenina, Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC
Les Miserables, Danny Cohen, BSC
Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda, ASC
Lincoln, Janusz
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Skyfall, Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC

In a bit a bit of a shocker, but very well deserved, the ASC awards The White Ribbon with its top prize! Incredible.

This one kind of seems like a no-brainer, but then you never really know what the cinematographers are going to think is the best cinematography. According to some of those in the know, the Avatar cinematography is more visual effects than actual lensing. Whatever it was, though, it worked to a degree that is almost impossible to comprehend. If Avatar is weak on story and originality, it is strong on its visuals. Strong is an understatement. It is mind-boggling.

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Barry Ackroyd, BSC for The Hurt Locker
Dion Beebe, ASC, ACS for Nine
Christian Berger, AAC for The White Ribbon
Mauro Fiore, ASC for Avatar
Robert Richardson, ASC for Inglorious Basterds

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Variety:

The American Society of Cinematographers has selected Chris Menges as the recipient of its International Achievement Award.

The kudo will be presented at the 24th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards at the Century Plaza on Feb. 27.

Menges won Oscars for “The Killing Fields” and “The Mission” and was nominated for “Michael Collins” and “The Reader.” The British cinematographer’s credits include “Black Beauty,” “The Boxer,” “Dirty Pretty Things,” “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” “Notes on a Scandal,” “The Yellow Handkerchief” and “Stop-Loss.”

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Anthony Dod Mantle has won the ASC award for Slumdog Millionaire.

Dod Mantle’s fellow nominees included Roger Deakins, who was double-nominated for REVOLUTIONARY ROAD and THE READER; Chris Menges also for THE READER; Claudio Miranda for THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON; and Wally Pfister for THE DARK KNIGHT.

The American Society of Cinematographers also hands out its award tonight. Again, Slumdog is expected to take this. Even if another film wins this tonight, Slumdog is still expected to take the Oscar for cinematgraphy. Here are the nominees:

Roger Deakins, Revolutionary Road
Roger Deakins & Chris Menges, The Reader
Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire
Claudio Miranda, Benjamin Button
Wally Pfister, The Dark Knight

These are all beautiful works by these cinematgraphers. Slumdog’s is outstanding, from the hand held stuff through the streets of Mumbai, through the dizzying beauty of the landscapes, to say nothing of Latika’s face. Benjamin Button’s was more breathtaking to me but I think the Slumdog train cannot be slowed down.

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[UPDATE: Sorry. Somehow the comments got disabled on this post yesterday, so I’m bumping it back up to the top to give everyone another chance to make their selections.]

The American Society of Cinematographers announce their nominees today. We’ve expanded the sidebar to include more titles, but you guys might have other favorites.

[UPDATE #2: Nominations announced this morning:]

Roger Deakins, Revolutionary Road
Roger Deakins & Chris Menges, The Reader
Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire
Claudio Miranda, Benjamin Button
Wally Pfister, The Dark Knight

Will any of the following be able to unseat the above nominees for Oscar?

Eduardo Serra, Defiance
Mandy Walker, Australia
Harry Savides, Milk
Stephen Soderbergh, Che
Colin Watkinson, The Fall

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