ASC to Honor Stephen Goldblatt With Lifetime Achievement Award and Darius Khondji With International Award

Stephen Goldblatt
Stephen Goldblatt image via ASC

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced it will honor five of its members at its upcoming 37th annual awards gala, which will be held at the Beverly Hilton on March 5, 2023, as well as live-streamed online.

Oscar nominee Stephen Goldblatt, ASC, BSC will be recognized with the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award; Darius Khondji, ASC, AFC will be presented with the International Award; Fred Murphy, ASC will be given the ASC Career Achievement in Television Award; Charlie Lieberman, ASC will pick up the Presidents Award; and Sam Nicholson, ASC will take home the Curtis Clark ASC Technical Achievement Award. 

Born in South Africa and raised in England, Goldblatt’s distinguished body of work includes Oscar and ASC Award nominations for Batman Forever (1996) and The Prince of Tides (1991), and he also earned Emmy nominations for HBO’s 2004 miniseries Angels in America, as well as Conspiracy (2001) and Path to War (2002). 

Goldblatt’s many notable credits include Get On Up, The Help, Julie & Julia, Charlie Wilson’s War, Closer, The Pelican Brief, The Prince of Tides, Lethal Weapon, and The Cotton Club. He has collaborated with some of the most revered storytellers in cinema, including Mike Nichols, Chris Columbus, Francis Ford Coppola, Nora Ephron, Taylor Hackford, Barry Levinson, Tony Scott, and Barbra Streisand, and Goldblatt’s work can next be seen in director Matthew López‘s feature Red, White & Royal Blue.

“Stephen Goldblatt’s vision and influence can be seen in many of the most memorable stories told over the last 40 years. We are looking forward to celebrating this well-deserved milestone with him,” ASC President Stephen Lighthill said in a statement.

Darius Khondji
Darius Khondji image via Peter Lindbergh courtesy of ASC

Khondji has compiled over 80 credits as a cinematographer, earning Oscar, BAFTA, and ASC nominations for Alan Parker‘s Evita (1997). He earned additional ASC Award nominations for David Fincher‘s Se7en (1995) and James Gray‘s The Immigrant (2015). He has collaborated with such talented directors as Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children, Alien: Resurrection), Bernardo Bertolucci (Stealing Beauty), Danny Boyle (The Beach), Sydney Pollack (The Interpreter), Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris) Michael Haneke (Funny Games, Amour), and Josh and Benny Safdie (Uncut Gems). He and Gray also collaborated on Lost City of Z and Armageddon Time.

Khondji’s most recent work on Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths earned him the Silver Frog and FIPRESCI awards at the 2022 EnergaCarmerimage Film Festival. Khondji is currently collaborating with Bong Joon-Ho on his upcoming feature adaptation of Edward Ashton‘s novel Mickey7, which will star Robert Pattinson.

Fred Murphy
Fred Murphy image via ASC

Murphy has earned Emmy nominations for The Good Wife (2015, 2011), In Treatment (2008), Witness Protection (2000), and The Final Days (1990). He most recently photographed the popular series Evil, The Good Fight, and Fringe. In addition to his television prowess, Murphy has built an impressive list of feature film creditsincluding Secret Window, Autofocus, The Mothman Prophecies, October Sky, Stir of Echoes, and Hoosiers.

Lieberman, recipient of the Presidents Award for his service and contributions to the ASC, began his career as a still photographer before segueing into documentaries and industrial films. He later moved into narrative filmmaking, shooting the indie features Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, South Central, and Love Is a Gun. He also shot Session Man, which won the 1992 Oscar for Best Short Film (Live Action).

Lieberman is best known for his work on such acclaimed TV series as My So-Called Life, Once and Again, Joan of Arcadia, and Heroes. His love of still photography has remained a constant, and Lieberman is revered for his landscape images. He oversees the ASC’s Photo Gallery Committee, working closely with other ASC members to present their still photography. Additionally, he serves on the board of the ASC, as well as co-chair of its popular ASC Master Class program.

Sam Nicholson
Sam Nicholson image via ASC

Nicholson is being honored with the Curtis Clark Award for making significant technological contributions to the art and craft of cinematography. He has been involved in film and television production for over 40 years, beginning as On-Set Visual Effects Supervisor on Star Trek: The Motion Picture and the groundbreaking Max Headroom.

Nicholson went on to be founder and CEO of Stargate Studios, which has over 30 years of award-winning visual effects credits for numerous shows including The Walking Dead, Grey’s Anatomy, Monk, 24, Heroes, and Ugly Betty. More recently, Stargate pioneered the virtual production approach for HBO’s Our Flag Means Death, and its upcoming projects include HBO’s The Idol and Miramax’s The Home.

“These honorees have each set a standard for excellence that is both inspirational and aspirational. They are not only magnificent artists but also superb individuals who we are proud to celebrate,” ASC Awards Committee Chairman Chuck Minsky said in a statement.

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Charlie Lieberman
Charlie Lieberman image via ASC