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Deadline Awards Watch 62: The Talking To Cate And Julia Podcast

Deadline Awards Watch ep 62In this week’s podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond talks with host David Bloom about which films and performers got an Oscar bump out of the WGA, Annie and Cinematographers awards shows this past Saturday; check in on the Santa Barbara film festival’s celebration of Cate Blanchett and whether the controversy over her Blue Jasmine director in will spill over into the Oscar race; dissect the Academy’s defense of its de-nomination of “Alone Yet Not Alone” in the face of complaints by, particularly, religious and conservative critics; and discuss the highlights of Pete’s sit-down with Julia Roberts this week to discuss her supporting actress Oscar nomination for “August: Osage County.”

We’ll also get Pete’s take on the week’s notable movie debuts, including the true and likable WWII story The Monuments Men, directed by and starring George Clooney with a big-name cast, and The Lego Movie, a fast-moving and smart animated film that Pete suggests could be in the Oscar hunt a year from now.

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28th Annual ASC Awards: ‘Gravity’s Emmanuel Lubezki Wins Feature Film Honor; TV Winners Include ‘Killing Lincoln’, ‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘Drunk History’

UPDATED WITH FULL LIST OF WINNERS: Gravity director of photography Emmanuel Lubezkilubezki won the Feature Film honor tonight at the 28th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards. “The movie could not be shot in space, so big parts were shot in the computer and were part of creating these images and that’s something I’ve never done before,” he told Deadline. “I think it’s something we’re going to see more of.” asclogo__140108163440 Lubezki previously won ASC Awards for The Tree Of Life (2012) and Children Of Men (2007), and was also nominated in 2000 for Sleepy Hollow. Lubezki was one of five ASC nominees who also received Oscar nods this year and the win certainly gives him a boost.

Related: OSCARS: Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention For ‘Gravity’ Cinematographer

But before next month’s Oscars, Lubezki will dive into his next project – in fact, he’s starting in a matter of hours. “I’m doing almost the opposite [of Gravity],” he told me minutes after his ASC win. “At 4 AM I have to drive to the desert because I start a movie with my friend Rodrigo Garcia with Ewan McGregor. It’s a tiny little beautiful, extraordinary script that Rodrigo wrote that we’re going to shoot for five weeks.” Lubezki told me he likes shooting both film and digital but will be using the Arri Alexa on the Garcia picture. “I wish I could do the movie in 65mm, but we cannot afford it!”

The touchy subject of the industry’s transition from film to digital emerged a few times during tonight’s awards dinner at the Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood. First, the night’s opening montage reel pointedly began with a clip from Boogie Nights in which Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) passionately declares his loyalty to celluloid (“I’m a filmmaker, which is why I will never make a movie on tape”). Later, presenter John Carpenter made a sly dig at the digital future. (More from Carpenter below.)

2014-02-01_18-35-51_144On the TV side, Jeremy Benning, CSC, took the TV Movie/Miniseries win for National Geographic Channel’s Killing Lincoln; the One-Hour Episodic Television Series nod went to Jonathan Freeman, ASC for HBO’s Game of Thrones (“Valar Dohaeris”) and Half-Hour Episodic Series went to Blake McClure for Comedy Central’s Drunk History (“Detroit”). This was McClure and Benning’s first ASC nomination and Freeman’s fourth ASC Award. Freeman’s other wins were for Boardwalk Empire (2012, 2011) and Homeland Security in (2005). He has also earned ASC noms for Taken (2003), Strange Justice (2000) and Prince Street (1998).

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John Wells To Receive Cinematographers’ Board Of Governors Award

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 10:01am PST

johnwells1Award-winning writer-director-producer John Wells will receive the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) 2014 Board of Governors Award. Wells will be honored during the 28th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards gala here on February 1 at the Hollywood & Highland Ray Dolby Ballroom.

“John Wells is an extraordinary talent whose long career has exposed the world to superlative cinematography across a wide array of features and television,” said ASC President Richard Crudo.

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Lensers Announce ASC Award Film Nominees

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 8:33am PST

LOS ANGELES, January 8, 2014 – The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC)asclogo has announced nominations in the theatrical motion picture category of the 28th Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement. The nominees are:

• Sean Bobbitt, BSC for 12 Years a Slave
• Barry Ackroyd, BSC for Captain Phillips
• Philippe Le Sourd for The Grandmaster
• Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC for Gravity
• Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC for Inside Llewyn Davis
• Phedon Papamichael, ASC for Nebraska
• Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for Prisoners

The winner will be revealed at the awards ceremony on February 1, at the Hollywood & Highland Ray Dolby Ballroom.

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HBO, Starz Lead ASC TV Nominees

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 8:22am PST

HBO and Starz garnered three nominations each as the American Society of Cinematographers announced its TV nominees for the ASC Awards today. Winners will be announced at the 28th ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography set for February 1 at Hollywood & Highland Ray Dolby Ballroom. Here are the noms:

One-Hour Episodic Television Series
Steven Bernstein, ASC for Starz Network’s Magic City (“The Sins of the Father”)
David Franco for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (“Erlkönig”)
Jonathan Freeman, ASC for HBO’s Game of Thrones (“Valar Dohaeris”)
Pierre Gill, CSC for Showtime’s The Borgias (“The Purge”)
David Greene, CSC for The CW’s Beauty And the Beast (“Tough Love”)
Anette Haellmigk for HBO’s Game Of Thrones (“Kissed by Fire”)
Kramer Morgenthau, ASC for Fox’s Sleepy Hollow (“Pilot”)
Ousama Rawi, BSC, CSC for NBC’s Dracula (“The Blood is the Life”)

Half-Hour Episodic Series
Peter Levy, ACS, ASC for Showtime’s House Of Lies (“The Runner Stumbles”)
Matthew J. Lloyd, CSC for Amazon’s Alpha House (“Pilot”)
Blake McClure for Comedy Central’s Drunk History (“Detroit”)

Television Movie/Miniseries
Jeremy Benning, CSC for National Geographic Channel’s Killing Lincoln
David Luther for Starz Network’s The White Queen (“War at First Hand”)
Ashley Rowe, BSC for Starz Network’s Dancing On The Edge (Episode 1.1)

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Cinematographers To Honor Dean Cundey, Eduardo Serra & Richard Rawlings

By | Thursday November 14, 2013 @ 9:00am PST

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 14, 2013) – Dean Cundey, ASC; Eduardo Serra, AFC, ASC; and Richard Rawlings, Jr., ASC will be recognized by their peers during the 28th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards on February 1, 2014, here at the Hollywood & Highland Ray Dolby Ballroom. Cundey will receive the ASC’s Lifetime Achievement Award; Serra will be presented with the International Achievement Award; and Rawlings will pick up the org’s Career Achievement in Television Award.

“Anyone who has been in the presence of these three brilliant and talented individuals should count themselves lucky,” notes ASC President Richard Crudo. “Dean, Eduardo and Dick have each had an immeasurable impact on our art form, and we’re proud to have the opportunity to honor their outstanding craftsmanship.”

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Cinematographers’ ASC Awards Set For February 1

By | Thursday September 12, 2013 @ 11:16am PDT

The American Society of Cinematographers announced today that its 28th annual ASC Awards will be presented February 1, 2014 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. Awards will be presented for best cinematography in feature and TV categories, as well as awards for career and lifetime achievement. Last year, Roger Deakins won for Skyfall, and the annual ASC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient was Dean Semler, who was introduced in a surprise appearance by Angelina Jolie. This year, TV noms will be announced November 19 and film noms January 8. Here is the full timeline: Read More »

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ASC Awards: ‘Skyfall’s Roger Deakins Wins Feature Film Honor; TV Winners Include ‘Great Expectations’, ‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘Wilfred’, ‘Hunted’

Skyfall director of photography Roger Deakins won the Feature Film honor tonight at the 27th annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards, two years after he won the society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Deakins, who didn’t attend because he is working on the Hugh Jackman-Jake Gyllenhaal movie Prisoners, now becomes a frontrunner for the Oscar in the category, American Society Of Cinematographers Awards 2013 Winnersafter Life Of Pi‘s director of photography Claudio Miranda won the BAFTA earlier in the day in London. (The ASC Awards noms pretty much mirror the Oscar nominees this year, with Deakins, Miranda, Anna Karenina’s Seamus McGarvery and Lincoln’s Janusz Kaminski nominated by both organizations. The only difference: Les Miserables’ Danny Cohen was up for an ASC Award and not an Oscar, and Django Unchained’s Robert Richardson is up for an Oscar but not an ASC.)

It was Deakins’ third win and 11th nomination for an ASC Award, having won previously for Shawshank Redemption and The Man Who Wasn’t There. His wife James accepted the award onstage at the ceremony, held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. She read a note he had prepared: “I share this award with everyone who worked on the production…filmmaking is truly a collaborative privilege.”

Deakins’ win for the James Bond pic capped a night in which Angelina Jolie made a surprise appearance to introduce the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Dean Semler, her DP on her 2011 directorial debut In The Land Of Blood And Honey and on Disney’s Maleficent, in which she stars.  “I called him up to help me on a film I was directing, not thinking I’d get him”, she said in her intro. ‘Who can shoot it like you can?’ I asked. He said me, and did it. After the call, I’m not embarrassed to say I danced around the room”. Said Semler: “Angie, you’re amazing and we’re so glad you’re here …. This award has to be the greatest any cinematographer can reach for”. Read More »

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ASC Award Nominations Announced

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 9:03am PST

The American Society Of Cinematographers’ feature film nominees unveiled today include Roger Deakins for Skyfall, marking his 11th ASC Award nomination after he was given the group’s lifetime achievement honor in 2011. Aside from the ethereal Life Of Pi by Claudio Miranda the noms today singled out period movies: Seamus McGarvey for Anna Karenina, Danny Cohen for Les Miserables and Janusz Kaminski for Lincoln. The 27th annual ASC Awards will be handed out February 10 at Hollywood & Highland. Here’s the full release:

LOS ANGELES, January 9, 2013 — Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC (Anna Karenina), Danny Cohen, BSC (Les Miserables), Claudio Miranda, ASC (Life of Pi), Janusz Kaminski (Lincoln) and Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC (Skyfall) have been nominated in the feature film category of the 27th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for Outstanding Achievement. The winner will be announced at the ASC Awards celebration on February 10 at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom.

“The films our members have nominated are visually distinctive, and very diverse: a theatrical epic, a grand musical, an imaginative 3-D fable, a sweeping biographical drama, and a stylish spy thriller,” notes ASC President Stephen Lighthill. “What they all have in common is that each project’s cinematographer contributed captivating visuals that enhanced and elevated the storytelling.”

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Cinematographers Unveil ASC Award TV Nominees

By | Wednesday December 19, 2012 @ 3:01pm PST

Fox garnered three nominations as the American Society of Cinematographers announced TV nominees for its ASC Awards. Winners will be unveiled at the 27th ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography set for February 10 at Hollywood & Highland. The film nominations will be announced January 9. Here are the noms: Read More »

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ASC Unveils Film Cinematography Nominees

By | Wednesday January 11, 2012 @ 9:07am PST

The American Society of Cinematographers have announced the feature film nominees for its 26th annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards. The winner is to be announced at a ceremony February 12 at Hollywood & Highland. Last year, Wally Pfister won for Inception and went on to take the Oscar as well. This year’s noms:

Guillaume Schiffman
The Artist
Jeff Cronenweth
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Robert Richardson
Hugo
Hoyte van Hoytema
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Emmanuel Lubezki
The Tree Of Life

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HBO Leads ASC Society’s TV Nominations

By | Wednesday December 28, 2011 @ 11:19am PST

LOS ANGELES, December 28, 2011 – The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced nominees in three television categories for the 26th Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards competition. The awards ceremony will be held here on February 12 at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom.

Nominees in the one-hour Episodic Television Series/Pilot Category are:
David Franco for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (“To the Lost”)
Jonathan Freeman, ASC for Boardwalk Empire (“21″)
David Katznelson, DFF, BSC for PBS’ Downton Abbey (Pilot)
John Lindley, ASC for ABC’s Pan Am (Pilot)
David Stockton, ASC for NBC’s Chase (“Narco Part 2″)

The finalists in the Television Movie/Miniseries category are:
Ed Lachman, ASC for HBO’s Mildred Pierce
Kevin Moss for Showtime’s Chicago Overcoat
David Moxness, CSC for ReelzChannel’s The Kennedys (“Moral Issues and Inner Turmoil”)
Martin Ruhe for PBS’ Page Eight
Wojciech Szepel for PBS’ Any Human Heart (“Episode 2″)

The third category, for a half-hour Episodic Series or Pilot, was just added this year. The inaugural nominees are:
James Bagdonas, ASC for ABC’s Modern Family (“Bixby’s Back”)
Michael Balfry, CSC for The Hub’s R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour (“Brush with Madness”)
Vanja Cernjul, HFC for HBO’s Bored to Death (“Forget the Herring”)
Levie Isaacks, ASC for ABC’s Man Up (“Acceptance”)
Michael Weaver, ASC for Showtime’s Californication (“Suicide Solution”)

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