The 27th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards was recently held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland to celebrate outstanding achievements in the art of cinematography. Guests enjoyed an elegant evening while honoring elite cinematographers and industry professionals as they accepted their glass trophies.
Emmy-nominated actor John Slattery announced that the Best Feature ASC Award went to Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for his work on the 007 film Skyfall. Deakins, who was unavailable to attend the ceremony, has previously won ASC Awards for The Shawshank Redemption and The Man Who Wasn’t There. Balazs Bolygo, HSC and Kramer Morgenthau, ASC tied in the one-hour TV episode category for Cinemax’s “Haunted” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
Winners in other television categories include Florian Hoffmeister for PBS’s “Great Expectations” (movie/miniseries) and Bradford Lipson for FX’s “Wilfred” (half-hour TV episode).
Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie presented the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award to Dean Semler, ASC, ACS, who earned an Oscar and ASC Award for Dances with Wolves. “There is nothing more sacred on a film set then trust, and Dean inspires the kind of trust that we all dream of,” said Jolie. “And because of that, artists often do their best work when they are working with him.” Semler’s nearly 70 feature film credits include City Slickers, The Last Action Hero and Secretariat, and his work on Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto earned Semler a second ASC Award nomination.
Stephen Burum, ASC presented the ASC President’s Award to Curtis Clark, ASC (The Draughtsman’s Contract, Triumph of the Spirit). Clark voiced that he had been inspired by the original 15 members who founded the ASC in 1919. “[They addressed] the technical challenges of their day so they can more effectively practice their cinematic graphic art,” said Clark. “They established an absolutely great tradition that has continually reinforced the ASC’s leadership role over the past 94 years.”
The ASC International Award was presented to Robby Müller, NSC, BVK (Breaking the Waves, To Live and Die in L.A.) by Director Steve McQueen and Paris, Texas Actress Nastassja Kinski. “Seeing Robby work on [Paris, Texas] made me want to know all about the camera, how it catches light, images and feelings, [and] how it serves as the window to each film,” Kinski noted. Müller was unable to attend the event, and McQueen and Kinski accepted the award on his behalf.
The Career Achievement in Television Award was presented to Rodney Charters, ASC, CSC (“24”) by Sir Robert Harvey, the mayor of Waitakere City in New Zealand. While accepting his award, Charters spoke about how he and his brother made movies with his father during wartime. “By the time I was eight, the die was cast,” said Charters.
P3 Update would like to congratulate all the winners for their successful achievements in cinematography.
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