'Braveheart' Cinematographer John Toll to Receive ASC Lifetime Achievement Award

The ASC also will honor Lowell Peterson with a career achievement in TV award and Bill Bennett with its presidents award at its annual gala.
Douglas Kirkland

John Toll, who won consecutive Oscars as director of photography on Edward Zwick's Legends of the Fall in 1995 and Mel Gibson’s Braveheart in 1996, will receive the American Society of Cinematographers' lifetime achievement award at the 30th annual ASC Awards, on Feb. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Century City.

Lowell Peterson also will be honored with the career achievement in television award, and Bill Bennett will take home the ASC presidents award, which recognizes a member’s body of work combined with the person's devotion to the organization.

Toll’s honors also include a BAFTA for Braveheart; four ASC Award nominations, including wins for Braveheart and The Thin Red Line; a third Academy Award nomination for The Thin Red Line; and an Emmy nomination for the pilot of Breaking Bad. His credits include Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky, Gone Baby Gone, Tropic Thunder and Ang Lee's upcoming Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.

Peterson received an Emmy nomination for Six Feet Under, as well as ASC Award nominations for the telefilm Just Ask My Children and TV series Second Chances and Profiler. His credits include Jane the Virgin, Desperate Housewives and Knots Landing.

Bennett has compiled more than 1,000 TV commercial credits and is best known for his work on automobile spots. He’s worked with directors including Brent Thomas, Robert Lieberman, Gary Johns, Jeff Gorman, Bob Giraldi, Joe Johnston and Eric Saarinen.

“John, Lowell and Bill have set an extremely high bar for all of us,” said ASC president Richard Crudo.

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