Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC, (CHILDREN OF MEN),
Dick Pope, BSC (THE ILLUSIONIST), Robert Richardson, ASC (THE GOOD SHEPHERD),
Dean Semler, ASC, ACS (APOCALYPTO), and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC (THE BLACK
DAHLIA) are vying for top honors in the feature film category at the 21st
Annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards
competition. The winner will be announced during the awards gala on February
18 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.
?There is no textbook formula for artful cinematography,? says Russ Alsobrook,
ASC who chairs the organization?s Awards Committee. ?It takes talent and skill
to master a complex craft, as well as a collaborative spirit. These five,
amazingly talented individuals were selected by their peers who believe they
have set the standard for artful visual story-telling in a sharply competitive
field from 2006.?
This is the eighth ASC nomination for Richardson, the third for Zsigmond who
won in 1993 for the telefilm STALIN, the second for Lubezki and Semler, and
the first for Pope.
?Favorable reviews tend to mention beautiful images, but that?s a matter of
taste,? says ASC President Daryn Okada. ?Artful images can be distressing if
that?s what it takes to properly affect the emotional flow of a film. Our
members judge whether the cinematographer helped to create a sense of time and
place that pulls the audience into the story. We ask how the visual language
affects the emotional content of the film. Great cinematography is something
Okada also points out that all five nominees trace their origins to different
countries. Semler was born and launched his career in Australia, Zsigmond in
Hungary, Lubezki in Mexico, Richardson in the United States, and Pope in
England where he still resides.
American Society of Cinematographers Announces Feature Film Nominees
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