'Inception' Cinematographer Wally Pfister Wins ASC Film Award

February 14, 2011

Wally Pfister / Inception

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

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im glad he won it 😀

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


im glad he won it 😀

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


Hell yeah! Go Wally!

Bubba B on Feb 14, 2011


This should mean only one thing: Inception 2. Yes, I'm making an unnatural connection in the hopes of convincing the makers to do a sequel.

Guest on Feb 14, 2011


NO! I don't want a sequel. I mean, I don't think sequels are a good thing (not always). Sure, it's kind of cool to think that there will be Inception 2, and with Nolan it would be a success, but I really want it to be as it is: perfect. Anyway I think I speak for myself when saying no to Inception 2... And congrats to Wally Pfister, he sure did a wonderful job.

Anonymous on Feb 14, 2011


ditto Isildur...I don't think Inception 2 would be fine. The Prestige,Memento and all of Nolan movies bar the Franchises are just fine on their own and should not be trying to have sequels. Money is not a motive for making movies for him and his, so a sequel to his films would be pointless. Inception,for example, added countless millions to him and was a critical success. Each deals with specific themes and should be enjoyed just for that!

Gh on Feb 15, 2011


Exactly. That's one of the reasons I like Nolan's films so much. Well, he did TDK and will make TDKR, but with batman, a popular comic book character, it's understandable. I want to see more directors (of course, more film studios as well) that choose quality over money, but that's a bold wish. Clearly, there are great franchises made and sometimes a sequel is the right thing to do, I just don't think we should make a sequel for almost every movie out there... next day you will wake up in the morning and find out that they'll make a sequel to Revolutionary Road (and with different leads, of course; that's the spirit of sequels); I mean, wtf? Oh, Memento was unbelievably good, not to mention Inception; and The Prestige is my favorite film so... Nolan all the way! 🙂

Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011


agreed! to continue the story is to remove all the mystery and all of our own imaginations. look what happened to The Matrix! nothing seems to be allowed to stand on its own anymore. why does there *have* to be a sequel / prequel to everything? give me the likes of Inception over 'part 4 of the trilogy' any day!

Anonymous on Feb 16, 2011


my money's on Deakins for the Oscar

dee8 on Feb 15, 2011

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