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34th Annual ASC Award Winners

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The ASC has celebrated its 34th annual awards in Hollywood. The ASC Awards recognize excellence in motion-picture imaging for feature films, television, and documentaries.

Winning an ASC Award may not come with the same level of fanfare associated with winning an Academy Award, but it probably should. These awards are one of the highest achievements you can receive as a cinematographer.

Below are the nominees and winners.:

Theatrical Release

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

WINNER: Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for 1917

This is Deakins’ fifth ASC Award win. He previously won for The Shawshank Redemption, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Skyfall and Blade Runner 2049. 1917 also marks his 14th ASC Awards nomination. He was also nominated for Fargo, Kundun, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, No Country for Old Men, The Reader, Revolutionary Road, True Grit, Prisoners, Unbroken and Sicario.

Episode of a Series for Non-Commercial Television

Episode of a Series for Non-Commercial Television
David Luther – Das Boot, “Gegen die Zeit” (S1, E6) (Sky)
M. David Mullen, ASC – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “Simone” (Amazon)
Chris Seager, BSC – Carnival Row, “Grieve No More” (Amazon)
Brendan Steacy, CSC – Titans, “Dick Grayson” (DC Universe)
Colin Watkinson, ASC, BSC – The Handmaid’s Tale, “Night” (Hulu)

WINNER: Colin Watkinson, ASC, BSC – The Handmaid’s Tale, “Night” (Hulu)

This is Watkinson’s second ASC Award nomination for The Handmaid’s Tale and first win. His work on the series has also earned him an Emmy Award.

34th Annual ASC Awards – Non-Commercial Television

Episode of a Series for Non-Commercial Television winner: Colin Watkinson, ASC, BSC for the episode “Night” of the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale.This is Watkinson’s second ASC Award nomination for The Handmaid’s Tale and first win. His work on the series has also earned him an Emmy Award. #ASCAwards

Posted by American Cinematographer on Saturday, January 25, 2020

Episode of a Series for Commercial Television

Episode of a Series for Commercial Television
Dana Gonzales, ASC – Legion, “Chapter 20” (FX)
C. Kim Miles, CSC, MySC – Project Blue Book, “The Flatwoods Monster” (History)
Polly Morgan, ASC, BSC – Legion, “Chapter 23” (FX)
Peter Robertson, ISC – Vikings, “Hell” (History)
David Stockton, ASC – Gotham, “Ace Chemicals” (FOX)

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

This was Miles’ first ASC Award nomination and win. He began his career as a grip in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, then worked his way up through the camera department before getting his first break as a commercial cinematographer for the Vietnamese TV market.

Motion Picture, Miniseries, or Pilot Made for Television

Motion Picture, Miniseries, or Pilot Made for Television
John Conroy, ISC – The Terror: Infamy, “A Sparrow in a Swallow’s Nest” (AMC)
P.J. Dillon, ISC – The Rook, “Chapter 1” (Starz)
Chris Manley, ASC – Doom Patrol, pilot (DC Universe)
Martin Ruhe, ASC – Catch-22, “Episode 5” (Hulu)
Craig Wrobleski, CSC – The Twilight Zone, “Blurryman” (CBS All Access)

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

This is Conroy’s second ASC Award nomination and win. He previously won for his work on the period horror series Penny Dreadful

34th Annual ASC Awards – Motion Picture, Miniseries, or Pilot Made for Television

Motion Picture, Miniseries, or Pilot Made for Television winner: John Conroy, ISC for the episode “A Sparrow in a Swallow’s Nest” of the AMC series The Terror: Infamy.This is Conroy’s second ASC Award nomination and win. He previously won for his work on Penny Dreadful. #ASCAwards

Posted by American Cinematographer on Saturday, January 25, 2020

ASC Documentary Award

This is the first year that ASC Documentary Award has been given out. The award recognizes exceptional cinematography in non-fiction filmmaking.

The nominees were

Nicholas de Pencier— Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Fejmi Daut & Samir Ljuma— Honeyland
Evangelia Kranioti— Obscuro Barroco

WINNER: Fejmi Daut & Samir Ljuma— Honeyland

Fejmi Daut & Samir Ljum recently won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography at Sundance. This was the first ASC Award nomination and win for both the filmmakers.

34th Annual ASC Awards – Documentary Award Winners for Honeyland

The inaugural ASC Documentary Award winner: Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma for Honeyland. The award was presented by director Todd Phillips..This was the first ASC Award nomination and win for both the filmmakers. For their work on Honeyland, Daut and Ljuma won the Cinematography Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Honeyland has also been nominated in the Best Documentary Feature and Best International Feature Film categories of the 2020 Academy Awards. #ASCAwards

Posted by American Cinematographer on Saturday, January 25, 2020

Additional Award Winners

ASC Presidents Award- Don McCuaig ASC

McCuaig shot second unit on features including Ghost in the Machine; City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold; Forget Paris; Metro; Liar, Liar; Simon Birch; Nutty Professor II: The Klumps; Rat Race; Dragonfly; National Security; Bruce Almighty; Elf and Evan Almighty.

McCuaig has provided a great deal of service to the Society: He teaches the art of shooting second unit as an ASC Master Class instructor; volunteered to help with the ASC Awards for more than a decade; and now chairs the ASC Awards Committee.

34th Annual ASC Awards – Presidents Award

Recognized for his work behind the camera as well as his contributions to the Society and industry, Don McCuaig, ASC was honored with the Presidents Award after an introduction by longtime collaborator, second-unit director and stunt coordinator Mickey Gilbert..McCuaig shot second unit on features including Ghost in the Machine; City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold; Forget Paris; Metro; Liar, Liar; Simon Birch; Nutty Professor II: The Klumps; Rat Race; Dragonfly; National Security; Bruce Almighty; Elf and Evan Almighty..McCuaig has provided a great deal of service to the Society: He teaches the art of shooting second unit as an ASC Master Class instructor; volunteered to help with the ASC Awards for more than a decade; and now chairs the ASC Awards Committee. #ASCAwards

Posted by American Cinematographer on Saturday, January 25, 2020

ASC Career Achievement Award- Donald A. Morgan ASC

Morgan is a 10-time Primetime Emmy winner, earning an impressive 15 nominations. Among his many credits, he has photographed such hit series as Girlfriends, My Wife and Kids, and Moesha. This year, he won the Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series for his work on The Ranch.

34th Annual ASC Awards – Career Achievement in Television

Seasoned cinematographer Donald A. Morgan Asc was presented with the Career Achievement in Television Award by longtime collaborator, actor Tim Allen, with whom he worked on Home Improvement and Last Man Standing..Morgan is a 10-time Primetime Emmy winner, earning an impressive 15 nominations. Among his many credits, he has photographed such hit series as Girlfriends, My Wife and Kids, and Moesha. This year, he won the Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series for his work on The Ranch. #ASCAwards

Posted by American Cinematographer on Saturday, January 25, 2020

ASC Spotlight Award- Jarin Blaschke for The Lighthouse

34th Annual ASC Awards – Spotlight Award

Spotlight Award winner: Jarin Blaschke for The Lighthouse. The award was presented by actor Bartosz Bielenia..This is Blaschke’s first ASC Award nomination and win. Prior to his work as a cinematographer, he served as a photojournalist and designed lighting for Vanity Fair and GQ. For his work on The Lighthouse, Blaschke has been nominated for a BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Cinematography. #ASCAwards

Posted by American Cinematographer on Saturday, January 25, 2020

ASC International Award- Bruno Delbonnel ASC, AFC

Delbonnel won an ASC Award for his work on A Very Long Engagement, for which he also received an Academy Award nomination. He has garnered four other Oscar nominations — for Amélie, Darkest Hour, Inside Llewyn Davis and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince — as well as two Camerimage Frogs and one César. His work also includes Faust, Dark Shadows, Big Eyes, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and the upcoming The Woman in the Window

34th Annual ASC Awards – International Award

Cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC was presented with the International Award by his longtime collaborator, director Joel Coen..Delbonnel won an ASC Award for his work on A Very Long Engagement, for which he also received an Academy Award nomination. He has garnered four other Oscar nominations — for Amélie, Darkest Hour, Inside Llewyn Davis and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince — as well as two Camerimage Frogs and one César. His work also includes Faust, Dark Shadows, Big Eyes, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and the upcoming The Woman in the Window. #ASCAwards

Posted by American Cinematographer on Saturday, January 25, 2020

Board of Governors Award- Werner Herzog

The ASC Board of Governors Award is given to industry stalwarts whose body of work has made 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 for the visual art form.

34th Annual ASC Awards – Board of Governors Award

Esteemed filmmaker Werner Herzog was presented with the Board of Governors Award for his contribution to the art and craft of filmmaking. The award was presented by scholar Paul Holdengräber..Herzog has produced, written and directed more than 60 feature films and documentaries, has published more than a dozen books of prose, and directed as many operas. His many credits include Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Fitzcarraldo, Lessons of Darkness, Little Dieter Needs to Fly, My Best Fiend, Invincible, Grizzly Man, Encounters at the End of the World, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and Cave of Forgotten Dreams. #ASCAwards

Posted by American Cinematographer on Saturday, January 25, 2020

Herzog has produced, written, and directed more than 70 feature and documentary films, earning multiple awards and nominations over the past seven decades. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature for his work on Encounters at the End of the World (2009), and Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997) was Emmy nominated for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special (1997). His extensive list of accolades hail from film festivals (Venice, Sundance, Cannes, Berlinale, etc.) and industry organizations, including the DGA, International Documentary Association, Film Independent, and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

ASC Lifetime Achievement Award- Fred Elena, ASC

Elmes collaborated with David Lynch on Eraserhead, Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart and John Cassavetes on The Killing of a Chinese Bookie and Opening Night. His feature film work also includes multiple pictures for directors Ang Lee — The Ice Storm, Ride with the Devil and Hulk — and Jim Jarmusch — The Dead Don’t Die, Broken Flowers and Paterson.

He won Independent Spirit Awards for Night on Earth and Wild at Heart and earned a third nomination for Blue Velvet. He won an Emmy for The Night Of and nomination for In the Gloaming

34th Annual ASC Awards – Lifetime Achievement Award/Fred Elmes, ASC

Seasoned cinematographer Frederick Elmes, ASC was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by writer-director Lisa Cholodenko..Elmes collaborated with David Lynch on Eraserhead, Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart and John Cassavetes on The Killing of a Chinese Bookie and Opening Night. His feature film work also includes multiple pictures for directors Ang Lee — The Ice Storm, Ride with the Devil and Hulk — and Jim Jarmusch — The Dead Don’t Die, Broken Flowers and Paterson..He won Independent Spirit Awards for Night on Earth and Wild at Heart and earned a third nomination for Blue Velvet. He won an Emmy for The Night Of and nomination for In the Gloaming. #ASCAwards

Posted by American Cinematographer on Saturday, January 25, 2020

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