The ASC Awards were the second awards from last night we’re dealing with.
To start — they’re not the end-all, be-all for what’s gonna win the Oscar. Going back, they’re 13 for 30 all time. Of the past 24 years, they’re at an even 50%. 12/24. So they’re not something you need to listen to, necessarily.
This year in particular, it’s a pretty open category. You expect La La Land to be a favorite. You expect Silence and Arrival to get votes. Lion will get votes too. And I’m sure Moonlight will as well. It’s pretty open. This will be one of those categories you think about for a while, since so many of them feel practically locked already.
But anyway — your ASC winner this year was Grieg Fraser for Lion. Making that more of a favorite than it was. at this point that and La La Land have to be considered #1 and #2. We’ll see what BAFTA has to say next weekend (though they’re 50% over the past 20 years too, so that’s not gonna necessarily help us all that much).
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A lot of shortlists today. They’re coming fast and furious in time for nominations day next week. We begin with the American Society of Cinematographers and their nominations.
I haven’t particularly clocked what the best shot films were this year, and without a mental checklist of the big names of the past few years/most years (no Chivo, no Deakins) having films this year, I’m feeling like the list they chose is pretty much chalk. It feels like the obvious choices. But when pressing myself for alternatives, I couldn’t really think of a whole lot. I’m sure I could if I really thought about it, but on an initial attempt, I feel like they did okay.
Here are your ASC nominees: (more…)
The ASC Awards were handed out tonight.
Surprising absolutely nobody, Chivo won for the third straight year. Making him the overwhelming frontrunner to win Best Cinematography at the Oscars. For the third straight year. He won for Gravity and for Birdman, and is now poised to win for The Revenant.
This also coming a few hours after winning the BAFTA in the same category. Pretty sure this one’s locked too.
Guess if Roger Deakins was nominated.
Seriously, I saw they were out and didn’t even have to look to know he was nominated.
The American Society of Cinematographers (I’d like to be part of a society. If only that were possible) announced their nominees today.
And yeah… not a whole lot else to say there. Here they are: (more…)
The American Society of Cinematographers handed out their awards tonight.
There’s not really much to add to that. There would have been something to talk about only if it didn’t win.
As much as it takes a lot of the surprise out of the night, I do like having a bunch of categories that I know the most likely outcome to. Because then I don’t have to think about them and can focus on the more difficult ones. This one has, all along, been one of those categories. I think we all know this one is going Birdman’s way.
And now the Cinematographers guild nominations.
I love when these come out. Absolutely love it. Cinematography is one of my favorite categories. The big six, you have to love. But outside of that, the categories I look at most are Cinematography, Production Design, and probably Song and Score. Love them.
I can already guess at least three of the nominees right now, sight unseen. I’m so excited. Let’s just get right into it.
Here are your 2014 ASC Nominations: (more…)
Also announced last night were the ASC Awards. Never particularly a help for guessing Best Cinematography, since the guild has a better grasp on their category than the open vote in the Academy does. Roger Deakins has won ASC three times. He has zero Oscars to show for it.
That said, this year, the American Society of Cinematographers nominated seven films. Five of them (The Grandmaster, Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Prisoners) were nominated for the Oscar. The other two (Captain Phillips, 12 Years a Slave) were not, but were highly thought of in such circles. But, given that they nominated the entire Oscar category here (and made it even harder with some extra choices to boot), we pretty much figured that the winner would let us know what was going to win the Oscar. And we weren’t wrong.
The winner, not surprisingly, was Emmanuel Lubezki for Gravity. I think we all assumed Gravity was the slam dunk winner in this category, especially considering the trend of going with this type of cinematography in recent years (Avatar, Hugo, Life of Pi). I can’t see it losing at this point (and even ever). It’s the flashy choice, and this win essentially sealed up yet another category before Oscar night, making our jobs a hell of a lot easier.