11:59am PT by Carolyn Giardina
'The Insider' Cinematographer Dante Spinotti To Receive ASC Lifetime Achievement Award
Director of photography Dante Spinotti—who earned Oscar nominations for his work on L.A. Confidential and The Insider—will receive the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award at the 26th American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards.
Also during the evening, William Wages will be presented the Career Achievement in Television Award, Francis Kenny will be recognized with the Presidents Award, and Fred Godfrey will receive the first ASC Bud Stone Award of Distinction.
In addition to Oscar nominations, Curtis Hanson’s L.A. Confidential and Michael Mann’s The Insider earned Spinotti ASC Award nominations; he earned an additional ASC nod for Mann’s The Last of the Mohicans.
Spinotti’s body of work includes Crimes of the Heart, Beaches, Frankie and Johnny, Heat, Wonder Boys, X-Men: The Last Stand, Public Enemies, and Fotografando Patrizia. He most recently lensed Tower Heist.
Wages has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and eight ASC Awards, winning twice. His credits include Lincoln, Miss Lettie and Me, Riders of the Purple Sage, Buffalo Soldiers and Into the West.
Kenny began his career as a documentary filmmaker. His credits as a cinematographer include Heathers, New Jack City, She’s All That, and Jason's Lyric, and he is currently the director of photography on the FX television series Justified.
Godfrey was customer service representative at Kodak, serving as a liaison between cinematographers and the film manufacturer until he retired in 1986. He is an associate member of ASC and ASC Awards committee member.
The 26th ASC Awards will be held February 12 at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom.