ASC Announces Feature Film Nominees for 34th Awards

January 7, 2020

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

This year’s nominees are:

Theatrical Release

Roger Deakins CBE 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 Monos

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 each have been recognized three times in the past by the organization. Sher, Blaschke, Braier and Wolf are first-time nominees.

Deakins and Richardson have also been honored with ASC Lifetime Achievement Awards.

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

The Spotlight Award recognizes cinematography in features that may not receive wide theatrical release. The accolade was first presented in 2014 to Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski for Ida, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Last year’s Spotlight Award winner was Giorgi Shvelidze for Namme.

With our finger continually on the pulse, several of the nominated productions and their cinematographer have featured in recent editions of British Cinematographer magazine. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was our July 2019 cover feature, whilst The Irishman adorned our November 2019 cover and Ford vs Ferrari and The Lighthouse also featured in our November edition. Oscar-winner Roger Deakins and 1917 are set to be a prominent attraction in our forthcoming January 2020 edition.

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