The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced nominees for its 27th annual awards honoring excellence in cinematography.
The big misses were “Django Unchained” (Robert Richardson has a spotty history with the Society but often turns lemons to lemonade with the Academy’s cinematography branch), “The Master” (further indication of the film just not being well-liked by the industry, but come on) and “Zero Dark Thirty” (a longshot hopeful all along).
I’m also a little bit surprised that industry favorite Rodrigo Prieto didn’t find a spot for his underrated work in “Argo.” I still think he could be someone to watch for at the Oscars.
After the internet virtually exploded yesterday when Tom Hooper was recognized by the DGA, it will be fun to see how “Les Misérables” detractors react to their other pet grievance about the film, the cinematography, being recognized by, well, cinematographers. The film joins “Anna Karenina” (fresh off a BAFTA nomination) and expected players “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln” (a bit of a surprise as Janusz Kaminski is no longer an ASC member) and “Skyfall.”
The 27th annual ASC Awards will be held on February 10. The race for the Oscar would appear to be between “Life of Pi” and “Skyfall,” with the former having the edge. But the guild could go a different way. They often have.
Once again, check out the full list of nominees below, and as always, keep up with the season via The Circuit.
“Anna Karenina” (Seamus McGarvey)
“Les Misérables” (Danny Cohen)
“Life of Pi” (Claudio Miranda)
“Lincoln” (Janusz Kaminski)
“Skyfall” (Roger Deakins)