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ASC Awards: 'Gravity' Tops Cinematographer Honors

"Game of Thrones," "Drunk History," "Killing Lincoln" and "Ida" were the night's other winners.

Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki's rendering of Gravity won the feature competition at the 28th annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards on Saturday at the Hollywood & Highland Ray Dolby Ballroom.

He topped a field of nominees that included Sean Bobbitt for 12 Years a Slave, Barry Ackroyd for Captain Phillips, Philippe Le Sourd for The GrandmasterBruno Delbonnel for Inside Llewyn Davis, Phedon Papamichael for Nebraska and Roger Deakins for Prisoners.

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This is the third ASC feature award for Lubezki, who previously won for Children of Men and The Tree of Life. This puts him in some select company. In the event’s 28-year history, only one cinematographer, the late Conrad Hall, won the feature category four times. And, Lubezki now joins fellow nominee Deakins as the only cinematographers with three wins in the category.

Also this year, Lubezki received his sixth Oscar nomination, and is vying for his first Academy Award.

This year, the organization also presented an inaugural ASC Spotlight Award "to recognize outstanding cinematography in features and documentaries typically screened at film festivals, internationally or in limited theatrical release."

A complete list of winners follows:

Film

Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC for Gravity (WINNER)
Sean Bobbitt, BSC for 12 Years a Slave
Barry Ackroyd, BSC for Captain Phillips
Philippe Le Sourd for The Grandmaster
Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC for Inside Llewyn Davis
Phedon Papamichael, ASC for Nebraska
Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for Prisoners

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One-hour Episodic Television Series:

Jonathan Freeman, ASC for HBO’s Game of Thrones, “Valar Dohaeris” (WINNER)
Steven Bernstein, ASC for Starz Network’s Magic City, “The Sins of the Father”
David Franco for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, “Erlkönig”
Pierre Gill, CSC for Showtime’s The Borgias, “The Purge”
David Greene, CSC for The CW’s Beauty and the Beast, “Tough Love”
Anette Haellmigk for HBO’s Game of Thrones, “Kissed by Fire”
Kramer Morgenthau, ASC for Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, “Pilot”
Ousama Rawi, BSC, CSC for NBC’s Dracula, “The Blood is the Life”

Television Movie/Miniseries:

Jeremy Benning, CSC for National Geographic Channel’s Killing Lincoln (WINNER)
David Luther for Starz Network’s The White Queen, “War at First Hand”
Ashley Rowe, BSC for Starz Network’s Dancing on the Edge, Episode 1.1

Half-Hour Episodic Series:

Blake McClure for Comedy Central’s Drunk History, “Detroit” (WINNER)
Peter Levy, ASC, ACS for Showtime’s House of Lies, “The Runner Stumbles”
Matthew J. Lloyd, CSC for Amazon’s Alpha House, “Pilot”

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Spotlight Award

Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski for Ida (WINNER)
Mark Lee Ping Bing for Renoir
Camille Cottagnoud for Winter Nomads

Also during the ceremony, cinematographer Dean Cundey, who earned an Oscar nomination in 1988 for Robert ZemeckisWho Framed Roger Rabbit, received the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award. His credits include Zemeckis' Back to the Future trilogy, Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park and Ron Howard's Apollo 13.

Eduardo Serra (The Wings of the Dove), who wasn't in attendance, was the recipient of the International Achievement Award, and Richard Rawlings Jr. (L.A. Law) received the society’s Career Achievement in Television Award.

Beverly Wood was presented with the Bud Stone Award of Distinction.

E-mail: Carolyn.Giardina@THR.com
Twitter: @CGinLA