ASC Nominations: 'Birdman' and 'Imitation Game' Earn Noms for Cinematography

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

The cinematography of Birdman, Mr. Turner, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game and Unbroken received nominations in the feature category for the 29th annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards.

Among the nominees are two of Hollywood's most honored directors of photography, including Birdman cinematographer Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki, who has won ASC Awards for The Tree of Life, Children of Men, and last year's Gravity, for which he also won an Oscar.

Also, this is the 13th ASC nomination for Unbroken cinematographer Roger Deakins, who previously won for Skyfall, The Man Who Wasn't There and The Shawshank Redemption. He was also the recipient of the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

This year's nominees include Dick Pope, who photographed Mr Turner, and has one previous ASC nomination for The Illusionist.

Grand Budapest was photographed by Robert Yeoman, a first-time ASC nominee, whose previous work with director Wes Anderson includes Moonrise Kingdom.

Imitation Game was lensed by another first-time nominee, Oscar Faura, whose prior credits include The Impossible.

Absent from the nominations are a few names on numerous Oscar predictions lists, including Interstellar's Hoyte van Hoytema. In the past 10 years, five of the winners of this ASC category went on to win the Oscar for cinematography.

Should either Deakins or Lubezki win the ASC award this year, they will tie legendary cinematographer Conrad L. Hall's record of four ASC awards in the feature category.

ASC nominees in the TV categories were previously announced.

The awards ceremony will be held Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

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