Inception cinematographer Wally Pfister won the American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Award in the feature film category. It was Pfister’s first win from the ASC. He had previously been nominated for The Dark Knight and Batman Begins. This year’s other nominees included Matthew Libatique (Black Swan), Danny Cohen (The King’s Speech), Jeff Cronenweth (The Social Network), and Roger Deakins (True Grit). All five of these men have also been nominated for the Oscar for Best Cinematography and it’s tough to argue that they don’t deserve it.
While Pfister’s win from the ASC may give him a slight edge in the Oscar race, I still think this is going to be Deakins’ year. It’s his ninth nomination and I think/hope that the Academy will finally give him his due. However, if Pfister takes home the statue, you won’t hear me complaining.