The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) honored Dante Spinotti with 2012 Lifetime Achievemnt Award on February 12 at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom. Also to receive tribute, William Wages, Francis Kenny and Fred Godfrey.
Spinotti's Career in the U.S. began in 1988 in Manhunter with director Michael Mann to the recent release of Tower Heist with Brett Ratner. He has compiled more than 60 venerable credits to date, collaborating with such ground-breaking directors as Bruce Beresford, Garry Marshall, and Michael Apted. His work with Curtis Hanson on L.A. Confidential in 1997 led to his first Oscar® nomination, followed by a second nomination for The Insider in 2000, on which he re-teamed with Mann. Both films also earned Spinotti ASC Award nominations, with an additional nod from ASC for The Last of the Mohicans. His body of work includes such memorable films as Crimes of the Heart, Beaches, Frankie and Johnny, Heat, Wonder Boys, Red Dragon, Pinocchio, X-Men: The Last Stand, Public Enemies, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Berlin Affair, Fotografando Patrizia, Il segreto del bosco vecchio, The Legend of the Holy Drinker, and The Star Maker.