American Society of Cinematographers Nominates BLACK SWAN, INCEPTION, THE KING’S SPEECH, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, and TRUE GRIT for 2010 Awards

     January 10, 2011


The American Society of Cinematographers have nominated five in the feature film category for its 25th annual Outstanding Achievement Awards: Matthew Libatique (Black Swan), Wally Pfister (Inception), Danny Cohen (The King’s Speech), Jeff Cronenweth (The Social Network), and Roger Deakins (True Grit).

The night is Deakins’: True Grit represents his ninth nomination at the ASC Awards (his fifth in the last four years), and he will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Deakins won in 1994 for The Shawshank Redemption and again in 2001 for The Man Who Wasn’t There.  Pfister is on his way, though.  This is the third nomination has garnered from a collaboration with director Christopher Nolan following Batman Begins in 2005 and The Dark Knight in 2009.  Hit the jump for the official press release.

Matthew Libatique, ASC (Black Swan), Wally Pfister, ASC (Inception), Danny Cohen, BSC (The King’s Speech), Jeff Cronenweth, ASC (The Social Network), and Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC (True Grit) have been nominated in the feature film category of the 25th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards.

The winner will be announced at the ASC Awards celebration at the Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom on February 13.

“These five people have set the standard for today’s cinematography,” says Awards Committee Chairman Richard Crudo. “Although they were nominated for a variety of films, they share the common denominator of extraordinary talent and good taste. Just their mere presence on set would elevate any production.”

This is the ninth nomination for Deakins in the ASC feature film competition. He earned top honors for The Shawshank Redemption (1995) and The Man Who Wasn’t There (2002), and other nominations for Fargo (1997), Kundun (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2001), No Country for Old Men (2008), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2008), Revolutionary Road (2009) and The Reader (2009). In addition to his nomination for True Grit, Deakins will also be honored as the recipient of the ASC’s 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award.

This is the third nomination for Pfister who was previously recognized for Batman Begins (2006) and The Dark Knight (2009).

Cohen, Cronenweth and Libatique are all first-time nominees.

“The artistically diverse approaches these talented cinematographers employed are a glimpse at what visionaries with a camera can accomplish,” says ASC President Michael Goi. “They are visual storytellers of the highest caliber.”

  • Gretchen/”Twilidiot”

    In one scene in True Grit, there was one scene with a poor dead horse on the prairie and a girl in peril and all I could think about was how beautiful the starry night sky looked. Thank you Denver Bel-Mar for showing it in the XD theater while Little Fockers was hogging the giant screen at the Continental.

    I still think Wally Pfister’s work in Inception edges out Deakin’s, however. There were so many different notes to hit with the very numerous environments and they all come across beautifully. I also can’t imagine the challenge of lighting and filming inside a 360 degree rotating (and then vertical) hallway. Again, the colors are gorgeous and your eye is still able to track and process the action.