Matthew Libatique, ASC (Black Swan), Wally Pfister, ASC (Inception), Danny Cohen, BSC (The King’s Speech), Jeff Cronenweth, ASC (The Social Network), and Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC (True Grit) have been nominated in the feature film category of the 25th annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards.
The winner will be announced at the ASC Awards celebration at the Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom, Feb. 13.
“These five people have set the standard for today’s cinematography,” says awards committee chairman Richard Crudo. “Although they were nominated for a variety of films, they share the common denominator of extraordinary talent and good taste. Just their mere presence on set would elevate any production.”
This is the ninth nomination for Deakins in the ASC feature film competition. He earned top honors for The Shawshank Redemption (1995) and The Man Who Wasn’t There (2002), and other nominations for Fargo (1997), Kundun (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2001), No Country for Old Men (2008), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2008), Revolutionary Road (2009) and The Reader (2009). In addition to his nomination for True Grit, Deakins will also be honored as the recipient of the ASC’s 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award.
This is the third nomination for Pfister who was previously recognized for Batman Begins (2006) and The Dark Knight (2009).
Cohen, Cronenweth and Libatique are all first-time nominees.
“The artistically diverse approaches these talented cinematographers employed are a glimpse at what visionaries with a camera can accomplish,” says ASC president Michael Goi. “They are visual storytellers of the highest caliber.”