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Two black & white dramas — Roma, lensed by writer-director Alfonso Cuaron, and Cold War, photographed by Lukasz Zal — are among the feature nominees of the 33rd American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards, which will be held Feb. 9 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.
Rounding out the nominees in the feature competition of the awards are Matty Libatique for A Star Is Born, Robbie Ryan for The Favourite and Linus Sandgren for First Man.
Several of the nominees were also recognized by fellow lensers at the recent international cinematography festival Camerimage, where the Silver Frog went to Cold War; the Bronze Frog was presented to Roma; the Golden Frog was awarded to 2017's The Fortress; and The Favourite won Camerimage's Audience Award.
Zal previously won an ASC Award in the Spotlight Award category for Cold War director Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida; Libatique was previously nominated in the feature category for Black Swan; and Sandgren was previously nominated in the feature category for La La Land, for which he won an Oscar. Zal and Libatique were also Oscar-nominated in cinematography for Ida and Black Swan, respectively. It is the first ASC Award nomination for Cuaron and Ryan.
In six of the past 10 years, the winner of the ASC feature competition went on to win the Oscar in cinematography.
This year's nominees for the ASC Spotlight Award — described as recognizing features that are screened at festivals, internationally, or in limited theatrical release — include The Rider, Nemme and Girl.
In the TV categories, The Handmaid's Tale is a double nominee for episodes "The Word,' photographed by Colin Watkinson, and 'Holly,' lensed by Zoe White. TV nominees also include The Crown, Patrick Melrose and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
This year's ASC Awards ceremony will commemorate the society's centennial.
A complete list of nominees is below.
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