'Lion' Tops ASC Cinematographer Awards

10:55 PM 2/4/2017

by Carolyn Giardina

'Game of Thrones,' 'Mr. Robot' and 'The Night Of' won television awards.

'Lion'
'Lion'
Courtesy of The Weinstein Company

Greig Fraser's lensing of Garth Davis’ Lion on Saturday night won the feature competition at the American Society of Cinematographers' 31st annual Outstanding Achievement Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

He topped a field of nominees that included James Laxton, for Moonlight; Linus Sandgren, for La La Land; Rodrigo Prieto, for Silence; and Bradford Young, for Arrival. Lion, an adaptation of the nonfiction book A Long Way Home, was Davis' first feature; earlier in the evening, he received the DGA Award for a first-time feature director. Lion was photographed on location in India and Australia.

The same five movies are nominated for the best cinematography Oscar. In six of the last 10 years, the winner of the ASC Award in the feature category went on to win the Academy Award for cinematography.

ASC TV category winners included Fabian Wagner for Game of Thrones, Tod Campbell for Mr. Robot and Igor Martinovic for The Night Of. The spotlight award for cinematography in feature-length projects that are screened at festivals, internationally or in limited theatrical release was presented to Gorka Gomez Andreu for House of Others.

During the ceremony, Nancy Schreiber became the first woman to receive the ASC Presidents Award. "It never occurred to me that I couldn’t do this job because of my gender," she said in accepting the honor. "Why in the world would the job of being a cinematographer be available only to people of a certain gender, race, religion or sexual orientation? Or age? We all have eyes, hearts, minds and souls. And we all need to fight for the right to express our individuality, passion and creativity in the film and television industry. ... I would like to accept this award in the spirit of inspiring more women, and all people who have been excluded from doing what they love, to know that their view of the world is important."

Additionally, two-time Oscar nominee Ed Lachman (Carol, Far From Heaven) was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by director Todd Haynes; Denzel Washington received the Board of Governors Award; Ron Garcia (Rizzoli and Isles) was given the Career Achievement in Television Award; and Academy Award winner Philippe Rousselot (A River Runs Through It) accepted the International Award.

Honorary Bud Stone Awards were also presented to JL Fisher's Frank Kay and former Kodak exec Bruce Berke,

The complete list of winners follows.

  • Theatrical Release

    Courtesy of The Weinstein Company

    Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS Lion WINNER

    James Laxton, Moonlight

    Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC Silence

    Linus Sandgren, FSF La La Land

    Bradford Young, ASC Arrival

  • Spotlight

    Cinetech Film

    Gorka Gomez Andreu, AEC for House of Others WINNER

    Lol Crawley, BSC for Childhood of a Leader

    Ernesto Pardo for Tempestad 

    Juliette van Dormael for Mon Ange (My Angel)

  • Regular Series for Non-Commercial Television

    Photofest

    Fabian Wagner, BSC, for Game of Thrones, “Battle of the Bastards” (HBO) WINNER

    John Conroy for Penny Dreadful, “The Day Tennyson Died” (Showtime)

    David Dunlap for House of Cards, “Chapter 45” (Netflix)

    Anette Haellmigk for Game of Thrones, “Book of the Stranger” (HBO)

    Neville Kidd for Outlander, “Prestonpans” (Starz)

  • Regular Series for Commercial Television

    Michael Parmelee/USA Network

    Tod Campbell for Mr. Robot, “eps2.0_unm4sk-pt1.tc” (USA) WINNER

    John Grillo for Preacher, “Finish the Song” (AMC)

    Kevin McKnight for Underground, “The Macon 7” (WGN)

    Christopher Norr for Gotham, “Wrath of the Villains: Mr. Freeze” (Fox)

    Richard Rutkowski for Manhattan, “Jupiter” (WGN)

  • Television Movie, Miniseries or Pilot

    Courtesy of HBO

    Igor Martinovic for The Night Of, “Subtle Beast” (HBO) WINNER

    Balazs Bolygo, HSC, BSC, for Harley and the Davidsons, “Amazing Machine” (Discovery)

    Paul Cameron, ASC, for Westworld, “The Original” (HBO)

    Jim Denault, ASC, for All The Way (HBO)

    Alex Disenhof for The Exorcist, “Chapter One: And Let My Cry Come Unto Thee” (Fox)

    Igor Martinovic for The Night Of, “Subtle Beast” (HBO)

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