'Skyfall' DP Roger Deakins Wins ASC's Best Cinematography Award
Finally, a celebrated win for the cinematographer who shot the best looking movie of 2012! It's time for the American Society of Cinematographers award, honoring the talented people behind the camera. The 27th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards were held last night in Hollywood, and the big 2013 winner was Roger Deakins, taking top prize for his work on James Bond's Skyfall. Deakins just lost the BAFTA award to DP Claudio Miranda for Life of Pi this weekend, but this is finally a deserving win, the one where even his peers have come to recognize how stunning the cinematography in Skyfall really is. Bravo!
Deakins' fellow nominees this year included: Danny Cohen for Les Miserables, Claudio Miranda for Life of Pi, Seamus McGarvey for Anna Karenina and of course, Janusz Kaminski for Lincoln. I'm surprised Deakins won over Kaminski. On the other side (via The Wrap), the ASC also awarded TV prizes to: Balazs Bolygo and Kramer Morgenthau, tying, for one-hour show for Cinemax's Hunted and HBO's Game of Thrones, respectively; Florian Hoffmeister won the movie/miniseries award for PBS' Great Expectations, and Bradford Lipson won the half-hour episodic category for FX's Wilfred. ASC doesn't award documentaries.
At the moment, Deakins gained a bit of momentum with this high profile win. The ASC Awards are not the biggest predictor for the Oscars, with films going on to win an Oscar slightly less than half the time. Deakins is nominated at the 85th Academy Awards, his ninth time getting a Best Cinematography nom, but it could be he first win—he still hasn't won yet. I loved the cinematography in Skyfall, and not just because it was Bond, but because it looked incredible. It's redeeming to finally see Deakins win, especially as acclaimed and recognizable as the American Society of Cinematographers top prize. Last year, Tree of Life won the award.