Awards season is nearly over. The ASC Awards marks the last guild or society to hand out their prizes before the 93rd Academy Awards holds is ceremony next week, and the American Society of Cinematographers threw in a bit of a last-minute curveball. David Fincher’s Mank took the top prize at the 2021 ASC Awards, besting awards season favorite Nomadland, which has been handily taking the top honor at nearly every awards season ceremony over the past few months. Does it mean much? Probably not. But good for Mank.
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Awards season keeps on keepin’ on, which means we have even more nominees to talk about. The latest batch of nominations comes via two different awards bodies: the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), and the American Cinema Editors Awards (ACE), nicknamed the Eddie Awards. On the cinematography front, there are several…oh, let’s say, surprises. The biggest surprise is likely a nomination for Cherry, a genuinely bad movie that has rather showy cinematography that immediately takes you out of the film. On the editing front, you’ll see nominations for Mank, Minari, and more.
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Even though Roma walked away with the big prizes at the 2019 BAFTAs, there’s one award it wasn’t able to pick up from the American Society of Cinematographers.
Even though Roma has been cleaning up throughout awards season, it appears to be facing some strong competition from Pawel Pawlikowski‘s Cold War. The film has been nominated for Best Cinematography alongside Alfonso Cuarón‘s work in Roma several times, but it’s only won in a few critics circles. Until now. Director of photography Lukasz Zal finally upset Roma in a big way by winning one of the major 2019 American Society of Cinematographers awards. Does that mean we could see an upset at the Oscars? Read More »
To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the American Society of Cinematographers has released a list of the 100 best shot films of the 20th century – the first list of its kind “to showcase the best of cinematography as selected by professional cinematographers.” See where films like Blade Runner, Apocalypse Now, Citizen Kane, and Lawrence of Arabia rank on the list below.
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Here’s something for those who have wanted to see Inception nominated or awarded with more significant honors than the film has been given so far in the awards season. Sure, the top prize from the American Society of Cinematographers is essentially a technical award, but it is the technical award, and taking the prize is no small honor. Tonight Wally Pfister won the ASC Award for feature achievement for his work on Inception. Read More »