'Birdman', 'Unbroken', 'Mr. Turner' Score 2015 ASC Award Nods
The 2015 awards season rolls on with the latest announcement of nominees for the American Society of Cinematographers. The ASC Award, as it's known, is one of the top prizes in cinematography. Last year, Emmanuel Lubezki won for his work on Gravity, and he's back in the running again this year for his work on Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman. The four other nominees for the 2015 ASC Award have been revealed, with at least one weird choice that many did not see coming - The Imitation Game. There were an impressive number of beautifully-shot films this year, so don't forget this is not the definitive list.
The full list of 2015 nominations for the ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a Theatrical Release: Roger Deakins for Unbroken, Óscar Faura for The Imitation Game, Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman, Dick Pope for Mr. Turner, and Robert Yeoman for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The ASC Awards will take place on February 15th, a few weeks before the Oscars. "These nominees represent a fabulous slate selected from a particularly rich field of work this year," said ASC President Richard Crudo. "It's amazing how these cinematographers have once again redefined the boundaries of what we do." Previously, Emmanuel Lubezki has won three ASC Awards, for Gravity, Tree of Life and Children of Men; Deakins won for Skyfall as well as Shawshank Redemption and The Man Who Wasn't There. It's very likely one of these two will win again, but we're surprised to see other great DPs missing from this year's selection.
Other cinematographers from worthy of an ASC nom: Bradford Young (A Most Violent Year, Selma), Sean Price Williams (Listen Up Phillip), Robert Elswitt (Inherent Vice, Nightcrawler), Jeff Cronenweth (Gone Girl), Hoyte van Hoytema (Interstellar), Matthew Libatique (Noah), and Darius Khondji (The Immigrant).