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by Eugene Hernandez
February 28, 2010 8:29 AM
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"White Ribbon" Wins Cinematography Prize

Christian Berger won the best cinematography prize for "The White Ribbon" at the 24th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

In winning the ASC's feature film award for Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon," Berger beat fellow nominees Barry Ackroyd for "The Hurt Locker," Dion Beebe for "Nine," Mauro Fiore for "Avatar" and Robert Richardson for "Inglourious Basterds." Berger is also nominated for a cinematography Oscar for his work on the acclaimed film, which is also vying for an Academy Award for best foreign language film.

The complete list of Oscar nominations is available at indieWIRE.

Morgan Freeman was presented the Board of Governors Award from ASC honoring his body of work and contributions to the art of filmmaking. He is nominated for his sixth Oscar this year for his role as Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's "Invictus."

The ASC Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Caleb Deschanel by his daughters Zooey and Emily Deschanel and the ASC International Award went to Chris Menges. The ASC Presidents Award was presented to Sol Negrin. The ASC Richard Moore Student Heritage Award went to graduate student Benji Bakshi of the American Film Institute, and undergrad Garrett Shannon from Loyola Marymount University.

"Movies are amazing," actor Timothy Dalton said at the ceremony, presenting the top prize to Christian Berger, "You walk into a darkened theater and are swept up in a story steeped in fact or built on fantasy and everything in-between. You can fall in love with characters or the story can break your heart."

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