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Cinematographers Pick Five Nominees, True Grit In, Fighter Out

Cinematographers Pick Five Nominees, True Grit In, Fighter Out

Thompson on Hollywood

The American Society of Cinematographers nominees are revealing. Again, the group is rewarding movies that are big and visual:

Matthew Libatique, “Black Swan”
Wally Pfister, “Inception”
Danny Cohen, “The King’s Speech”
Jeff Cronenweth, “The Social Network”
Roger Deakins, “True Grit” (pictured)

While the Directors Guild left out True Grit, this group includes the western along with the DGA’s four films. Thus frequent Coens collaborator Deakins–who is highly regarded and has often been nominated by the ASC and the Oscars twice in one year, thus splitting the vote–got in and The Fighter, which was favored by the DGA, did not. Deakins has been nominated for eight Oscars and never won. He could win this year. Talking heads movies like The Kids Are All Right would tend not to be honored by this gang.

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By far the best shot film of the year was THE AMERICAN. Man, I hate it when the same five or six films get nominated bandwagon-style by every single group and guild.

J. Sperling Reich

I wish the American Society of Cinematographers had remembered “Book Of Eli” when they were picking their year end nominations. Think what you will of the film, it was incredibly well shot.

Anne Thompson

I am also an admirer of The Book Of Eli, which would have needed a campaign in order to register, I think. It came and went as a genre film, it was much better than that, but it seemed familiar, and wasn’t given due credit as a result.


I’m disappointed to not see 127 Hours included in the mix. I certainly thought its cinematography was superior to The Social Network.

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