Emmanuel Lubezki Wins Again with 2015 ASC Award for 'Birdman'
by Ethan Anderton
February 16, 2015
After winning last year's top honor at the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for Outstanding Achievement, Emmanuel Lubezki has done it again this year. THR reports that last night the ASC Awards handed him the award for his spectacular work on Birdman. Lubezki was up against an impressive array of talent behind the camera that included Roger Deakins for Unbroken, Óscar Faura for The Imitation Game, Dick Pope for Mr. Turner, and Robert Yeoman for The Grand Budapest Hotel. It's just one more award for Birdman as the film still dominates awards season leading up to the Oscars.
On the TV side of things, Jonathan Freeman won for episode of a regular series for his work on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," while John Lindley got the award for a TV movie, miniseries or pilot for his work on "Manhattan." In addition, Lawrence Kasdan presented director of photography John Bailey, who has lensed classics like Ordinary People, American Gigolo and The Big Chill, with the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award. Finally, The Spotlight Award, honoring cinematography in features and documentaries typically screened at film festivals, went to Peter Flinckenberg for Concrete Night (Betoniyö).
And so that's two in a row for Emmanuel Lubezki, and it would be a complete shock if he didn't win the Oscar for Best Cinematography when the 87th Academy Awards are announced on Sunday, February 22nd. Even if Birdman doesn't win Best Picture (though it's the clear frontrunner), it's almost impossible to deny that how the film was shot and made to look like one seamless shot for the entire runtime is the most incredible achievement in cinematography of 2014. Stay tuned to see how the Oscars shake out.