'Inception' Cinematographer Wally Pfister Wins ASC Film Award
by Ethan Anderton
February 14, 2011
It would be hard to enjoy the visual medium of motion pictures without the fine people behind the camera to make film look so damn good. Over the weekend the American Society of Cinematographers honored those responsible for lensing some of the finest looking films of 2010 at the 25th annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards. THR reports that Wally Pfister won the feature film category for his phenomenal work on Chris Nolan's mind-bending Inception. This marks the 3rd time Pfister has been nominated after his work with Nolan on Batman Begins and The Dark Knight garnered ASC nominations as well, but no win.
Pfister beat out some of the best names in cinematography as Matthew Libatique (Black Swan), Danny Cohen (The King's Speech), Jeff Cronenweth (The Social Network) and Roger Deakins (True Grit) were all nominated as well. All five of the nominees are also the same cinematographers nominated for Academy Awards this year as well. In addition, though Deakins lost to Pfister for the feature film award, the regular Coen Brothers collaborator (who has lensed O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men and more) took home the ASC Lifetime Achievement award. All in all, 2010 was a great year where films looked absolutely beautiful on the big screen