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Mank DoP Erik Messerschmidt, ASC, Wins Top Honor for Feature Film at 35th Annual ASC Awards


Erik Messerschmidt (Photo by Miles Crist)

On Sunday, April 18, the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) announced the winners of its 35th Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in both feature films and television at a livestream from the ASC Clubhouse, hosted by Ben Mankiewicz and available via Zoom and the  American Cinematographer Facebook page.

Mank Cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt, ASC, won the Feature Film award for his work on the David Fincher film, while The Mandalorian and The Queen’s Gambit continued to receive below-the-line honors in the television categories.

Filmmaker Sofia Coppola received  the Board of Governors Award, presented by Ed Lachman, ASC,  who shot her first film, The Virgin Suicides, and Philippe Le Sourd, ASC, AFC, who shot her most recent film, On the Rocks.

Over the course of the ceremony, various ASC members paid tribute to some of the socially-aware films of 2020 like Lee Isaac Chung‘s Minari, presented by Steve Yeoman, ASC; Lachman paid tribute to the ASC nominee, NotturnoJohn Simmons, ASC introduced indie Princess of the Row; and another ASC member honored Joshua James Richards’ Cinematography in Nomadland, which many felt might win.

There was a touching tribute to all the ASC members who passed away in the past year with a reel of their amazing work, and sadly, there are far too many to mention.

You can read the winners in all seven film and television categories below:

Feature Film
(Presented by Sir Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC, CBE with James Deakins)

Erik Messerschmidt, ASC for Mank

Category sponsored by Keslow Camera

(The Spotlight Award recognizes exceptional cinematography in independent, foreign or art-house-type films. Jarin Blaschke won the ASC Award in 2020 for The Lighthouse and earned an Academy Award nomination for his work.)
(Presented by Matthew Libatique, ASC)

Aurélien Marra for Two of Us

Category sponsored by Panavision

(Presented by Ellen Kuras, ASC)

Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw for The Truffle Hunters

Category sponsored by Canon USA

Motion Picture, Limited Series, or Pilot Made for Television
(Presented by Polly Morgan, ASC, BSC)

Steven Meizler for The Queen’s Gambit, “End Game”

Category sponsored by RED Digital Cinema

Episode of a One-Hour Television Series – Commercial
(Presented by James Whitaker, ASC)

Jon Joffin, ASC for Motherland: Fort Salem, “Up is Down”

Category sponsored by FotoKem

Episode of a One-Hour Television Series – Non-Commercial
(Presented by Paul Cameron, ASC)

Fabian Wagner
, ASC, BSC for The Crown, “Imbroglio”

Category sponsored by Panavision

Episode of a Half-Hour Television Series
(Presented by Kira Kelly, ASC)

Baz Idoine
for The Mandalorian, “Chapter 13: The Jedi”

Category sponsored by ARRI Inc.

You can learn more about the American Society of Cinematographers, the ASC Awards and joining the group at TheASC.com.

Edward Douglas
Edward Douglas
Edward Douglas has written about movies for print and the internet for over 20 years, specializing in box office analysis, reviews, and interviews. Currently, he writes features for Below the Line and Above the Line, acting as Associate Editor for the former and Interim Editor for the latter.
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