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Posted 12 January 2008 - 06:44 PM

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC (THE ASSASSINATION OF
JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD and NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN), Robert
Elswit, ASC (THERE WILL BE BLOOD), Janusz Kaminski (THE DIVING BELL AND THE
BUTTERFLY) and Seamus McGarvey, BSC (ATONEMENT) are the nominees for top
honors in the Feature Film category in the 22nd Annual American Society of
Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards competition. The winner
will be announced here during the awards celebration on January 26, at the
Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom.

Deakins is the first cinematographer to claim two nominations in one year in
the ASC Feature Film category. He was previously nominated five times and won
twice (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, THE MAN WHO WASN?T THERE). This is the fourth
ASC nomination for Kaminski, the second for Elswit, and the first for
McGarvey.

?In the opinion of their peers, these four talented individuals have set
the contemporary standard for artful cinematography in a very competitive
field,? says Russ Alsobrook, ASC who chairs the organization?s Awards
Committee. ?They were nominated for distinctly different genre films. The
common denominator is that they all succeeded in helping to create a sense of
time and place while evoking emotional responses that were in tune with the
intentions of the actors and directors.?

ASC President Daryn Okada points out that the four nominees were born and
raised in different countries. Deakins is from England, Kaminski is from
Poland, McGarvey is from Ireland, and Elswit is a native of the United States.

?Artful cinematography is a global language, which frequently goes
unnoticed by critics and the general public because it is usually designed to
be unintrusive,? says Okada. ?It requires innate talent, the ability to
master a complex and constantly evolving craft, and a penchant for
collaborating with many people for a common goal. Our purpose is to let our
colleagues know we appreciate their artistry.?
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