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Emmanuel Lubezki Wins for ‘Gravity’ at American Society of Cinematographers Awards (FULL LIST OF WINNERS)

Emmanuel Lubezki Wins for 'Gravity' at American Society of Cinematographers Awards (FULL LIST OF WINNERS)

Emmanuel Lubezki (“Gravity”) was the big winner of the night
at the American Society of Cinematographers Awards, taking home the Theatrical
Release Award. He thanked his “friend and teacher” Alfonso Cuaron in his brief acceptance

Based on crowd reaction, winner Lubezki was the favorite when the Feature Film nominees (seven in total, due to a three-way tie) were announced, along with clips from their films. The selected “Gravity” clip was from inside Sandra Bullock’s helmet, as she somersaults endlessly in space, catching site of Earth and the space station and then losing them again. The impressive list of nominees in the Feature Film category were Bruno Delbonnel (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), 12-time ASC nominee Roger Deakins (“Prisoners”), Phedon Papamichael (“Nebraska”), Barry Ackroyd (“Captain Phillips”), Phillipe Le Sourd (“The Grandmaster”) and Sean Bobbitt (“12 Years a Slave”).

Lubezki has won the ASC Award twice before, for Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” and Cuaron’s “Children of Men.”

Other highlights of the night included the introduction of the
ASC Spotlight Award, honoring cinematography in an arthouse film. “Ida”
co-cinematographers Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenezewski deservedly won for their
gorgeous black-and-white work (in the 4:3 ratio) in Polish director Pawel
Pawlikowski’s tale of a young nun in late 1950s Poland who, about to take her
vows, discovers she is of Jewish heritage. Remarkably, the film was Zal’s first

John Carpenter introduced Lifetime Achievement honoree Dean
Cundey. The two have worked on five films together, including “Halloween” and “The
Thing.” Carpenter recalled first seeing a student film Cundey shot, and joked: “The
film didn’t make any sense, but the images were beautiful. Thus the pattern of
Dean’s career was established.” For his part, Cundey gave an eloquent speech
that silenced the restless crowd (his pre-announced award came after the
ceremony’s two hour mark), where he described his boyhood, when he would religiously
buy “American Cinematographer” magazine, then only 50 cents. Cundey also spoke
of his gratitude for the “passport of cinematography,” which had allowed him to
explore different cultures, both real and imagined. Of Carpenter, Cundey said
the director “was the first director I worked with who wanted to use the camera
for visual storytelling.” Cundey would go on to work with Robert Zemeckis (for
the “Back to the Future” trilogy, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”) and Steven
Spielberg (“Jurassic Park”), to name a few.

One of the high points of the show was a hilarious clip reel of
cinematographers making cameos in films. The two moments that got the biggest
laughs from the crowd were the late Harris Savides, who sticks his hand out
from under a stall to ask Michael Douglas for toilet paper in David Fincher’s “The Game,” and
Rodrigo Prieto, who Jake Gyllenhaal picks up in a back alley in Ang Lee’s “Brokeback

Full list of winners, after the jump.

28th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards:



Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC




Jeremy Benning, CSC

National Geographic Channel’s Killing Lincoln



Jonathan Freeman, ASC

HBO’s Game of Thrones (“Valar Dohaeris”)



Blake McClure

Comedy Central’s Drunk History (“Detroit”)


Career Achievement in Television Award

Richard Rawlings Jr. (previously announced)


ASC Bud Stone Award of Distinction: Beverly Wood


International Achievement Award

Eduardo Serra, AFC, ASC (previously announced)


Board of Governors Award

John Wells (previously announced)


Lifetime Achievement Award

Dean Cundey, ASC (previously announced)


Spotlight Award

Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski for Ida


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