Emmanuel Lubezki wins his third consecutive ASC Award in features, for 'The Revenant.'
Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki's work on revenge story The Revenant gave him his third consecutive win in the feature competition of the American Society of Cinematographers Awards for Outstanding Achievement, handed out Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
Lubezki won the cinematography Oscar and ASC feature category the previous two years for Gravity and Birdman. He also won the ASC feature competition for Children of Men and Tree of Life. With the win for The Revenant, he became the first cinematographer to win the feature competition five times; he previously shared the record of four wins with the late Conrad L. Hall. Lubezki's also the first to win the feature category for three consecutive years. Earlier Sunday, he won the BAFTA for cinematography.
“The most important thing (on the film) was (director) Alejandro (Inarritu), I share this with him for taking me on this incredible journey,” Lubezki said as he accepted the award.
For this year's 30th annual ASC Awards, Lubezki was nominated alongside Roger Deakins for Sicario, Ed Lachman for Carol, Janusz Kaminski for Bridge of Spies, and John Seale for Mad Max: Fury Road.
At the Academy Awards, Lubezki is nominated with Deakins, Lachman, Seale as well as three-time Oscar winner Robert Richardson's lensing of The Hateful Eight.
In the television competitions,the winner in the category for an episode of a regular series Vanja Cernjul for Marco Polo; and Pierre Gill's work on the pilot of Amazon's Casanova won the award in the category for TV movies, miniseries or pilots.
There was a tie for the ASC Spotlight Award, which recognizes outstanding cinematography in feature films and documentaries that are screened at festivals, internationally or in limited theatrical release. The winners were Adam Arkapaw for helmer Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth and Matyas Erdely for director Laszlo Nemes' foreign-language Oscar contender Son of Saul.
During the evening, the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to 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. His wife, Oscar winning makeup artist Lois Burwell, presented the award to her "Valentine," whom she met on Braveheart. "I can't imagine doing anything else," Toll said, saluting his wife and his collaborators.
Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriquez was on hand to honor her series cinematographer Lowell Peterson with the career achievement in television award, and Bill Bennett was presented the ASC presidents award by his mentor, cinematographer Ron Dexter.
Ridley Scott accepted the Board of Governors Award via a videotaped message, and accepting on his behalf was his Thelma & Louise star Geena Davis.
Sony Pictures' restoration and preservation champion Grover Crisp was surprised with the Bud Stone Award, which was presented by ASC president Richard Crudo.
A complete list of nominees and winners follows.