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The American Society of Cinematographers 2011 Award Nominations

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January 11, 2012

American Society of Cinematographers Awards 2011

Awards nominations keep pouring in every single week. The Golden Globe nominations have already been revealed with the awards coming next weekend on January 15th, but more recently the Directors Guild of America just revealed their nominations for film in 2011 along with the Producers Guild of America, and the Screen Actors Guild and Writers Guild have also released their respective nominations. Now the American Society of Cinemtographers have chimed in with their nominations for what they consider to be the best in cinematography, honoring those who make sure everything looks fantastic through the lens.

The nominees for Best Cinematography of 2011 are:

Guillaume Schiffman for The Artist
Jeff Cronenweth for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Robert Richardson for Hugo
Hoyte van Hoytema for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Emmanuel Lubezki for The Tree of Life

All seem very worthy of the nomination, but there's been a lot of talk about Janusz Kaminski's work on Steven Spielberg's War Horse being snubbed, but the director of photography actually resigned from the organization a few years back, so he wouldn't have been nominated for this award anyway. Frankly I think that something like The Adventures of Tintin deserves to be included in awards like this but motion capture is still a very tricky topic in most awards arenas. Other films that deserve a nomination include Midnight in Paris, Shame and Drive, but there can only be five nominations. Thoughts on the nominations?

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  • Alex Williams
    Robert Richardson for the win.
  • Jonathan
    The Artist and Dragon Tattoo, no.  "The Artist" has impressive, basic 1920s Hollywood cinematography, and should be recognized as very good work, but with films like "Shame" and "Drive" and "Melancholia" and "The Descendants," it's a waste of a nomination.  I would put all of those other movies above "Dragon Tattoo" also, but "Dragon Tattoo" is still masterfully shot.  The other three I would nominate, no questions asked.  So all in all, a solid batch of nominees.  
  • SapphireD910
    I agree with Jonathan, if nothing else, swipe The Artist or Dragon Tattoo for Shame.  If people see no other strengths in the movie (some saying the story needed more background, etc), two things especially should be recognized: Fassbender's performance and the amazing cinematography.  Even really uncomfortable scenes were visually beautiful.
  • happy camper
    The Tree of Life.
  • Neon Gorilla
    am I the only one that thought Hugo was an innovation in 3d cinematography?
  • Karthik
    I second u, Neon, even I think the 3D cinematography in Hugo is brilliant...

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