- Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
Claiming the coveted Theatrical Award for best cinematography in a motion picture, Łukasz Żal, PSC took home the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Award for his work on “Cold War.” Giorgi Shvelidze took the Spotlight Award for “Namme.” In the TV categories, winners included Adriano Goldman, ASC, ABC, BSC for “The Crown”; Jon Joffin, ASC for “Beyond”; and James Friend, BSC for “Patrick Melrose.” The 33 rd ASC Awards gala took place in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland, with Ben Mankiewicz from TCM taking his second turn as host.
The complete list of winners and nominees follows:
Theatrical Release Category (presented by John Bailey, ASC)
- Alfonso Cuarón for “Roma”
- Matthew Libatique, ASC for “A Star Is Born”
- Robbie Ryan, BSC, ISC for “The Favourite”
- Linus Sandgren, ASC, FSF for “First Man”
- Łukasz Żal, PSC for “Cold War” - WINNER
Spotlight Award Category (presented by George Tillman Jr. and Ellen Kuras, ASC)
- Joshua James Richards for “The Rider”
- Giorgi Shvelidze for “Namme” - WINNER
- Frank van den Eeden, NSC, SBC for “Girl”
Episode of a Series for Non-Commercial Television (presented by Lea Thompson)
- Gonzalo Amat for “The Man in the High Castle” (Jahr Null)
- Adriano Goldman, ASC, ABC, BSC for “The Crown” (Beryl) - WINNER
- David Klein, ASC for “Homeland” (Paean to the People)
- Colin Watkinson, ASC, BSC for “The Handmaid’s Tale” (The Word)
- Cathal Watters, ISC for “Peaky Blinders” (The Company)
- Zoë White, ACS for “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Holly)
Episode of a Series for Commercial Television (presented by Merrin Dungey)
- Nathaniel Goodman, ASC for “Timeless” (The King of the Delta Blues)
- Jon Joffin, ASC for “Beyond” (Two Zero One) - WINNER
- Ben Richardson for “Yellowstone” (Daybreak)
- David Stockton, ASC for “Gotham” (A Dark Knight: Queen Takes Knight)
- Thomas Yatsko, ASC for “Damnation” (A Different Species)
Motion Picture, Miniseries, or Pilot Made for Television (presented by Thomas Lennon)
- James Friend, BSC for “Patrick Melrose” (Bad News) - WINNER
- Mathias Herndl, AAC for “Genius: Picasso” (Chapter 1)
- Florian Hoffmeister, BSC for “The Terror” (Go for Broke)
- M. David Mullen, ASC for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Pilot)
- Brendan Steacy, CSC for “Alias Grace” (Part 1)
This is Żal’s second win. He previously earned a Spotlight Award for his co-cinematography duties with Ryszard Lenczewsk on “Ida.” Goldman also won last year for “The Crown.” Shvelidze, Joffin and Friend are first-time winners.
The Spotlight Award – co-presented by George Tillman Jr., who produced the Oscar®-nominated “Mudbound” and directed this year’s “The Hate U Give” – recognizes cinematography in smaller features that may not receive wider theatrical release or awareness.
Honorary awards also handed out at the event included:
- The ASC Board of Governors Award was presented to Jeff Bridges by actor-stuntman Loyd Catlett for his significant and indelible contributions to cinema. It is the only ASC Award not given to a cinematographer and is reserved for filmmakers who have been champions for directors of photography and the visual art form.
- The ASC Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Robert Richardson, ASC and presented by frequent collaborator, writer-director Quentin Tarantino.
- The ASC Career Achievement in Television Award was presented to Jeffrey Jur, ASC by director John Dahl.
- The ASC Bud Stone Award of Distinction was given to Franz Kraus, managing director, ARRI Group. This award is presented to an ASC Associate Member who has demonstrated extraordinary service to the society and/or has made a significant contribution to the motion-picture industry.
For more information regarding the ASC Awards, visit the ASC website at www.theasc.com.
About the American Society of Cinematographers
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