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The feature nominees for the 35th American Society of Cinematographers Awards are Erik Messerschmidt for Mank, Phedon Papamichael for The Trial of the Chicago 7, Joshua James Richards for Nomadland, Newton Thomas Sigel for Cherry and Dariusz Wolski for News of the World.
The Society revealed its complete list of awards nominees on Wednesday and will announce its winners on April 18 during a virtual ceremony that will be live streamed on American Cinematographer‘s Facebook page starting at 12:30pm PDT from the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood.
This year’s field in the feature category includes three first-time ASC nominees, among them, Mank‘s Erik Messerschmidt, for his black-and-white photography in David Fincher’s ’40s-set biopic about Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz; and Nomadland‘s Joshua James Richards, who lensed a portrait of the American West in Chloé Zhao’s road movie. Messerschmidt previously teamed with Fincher on Mindhunter, for which he was Emmy nominated in 2020; while Richards previously lensed Zhao’s The Rider.
Also earning his first ASC nomination is veteran DP Sigel (The Usual Suspects), who brought a subjective visual look to the story of a troubled Gulf War vet with a drug addiction, in the Russo brothers’ Cherry. (His credits this year also include Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods.)
This is the fifth ASC feature nomination for Trial of the Chicago 7‘s Papamichael, who was also nominated a year ago for frequent collaborator James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari. In Trial of the Chicago 7, he recreated the riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention as well as the subsequent courtroom drama.
It’s the second ASC nom for another veteran, Dariusz Wolski (following Tony Scott’s Crimson Tide in 1996), for his lensing of Paul Greengrass’ post-Civil War Western News of the World. Wolski is known for his collaborations with Ridley Scott, including The Martian; and Tim Burton, on titles such as Sweeney Todd.
In six of the last 10 years, the winner of the ASC feature competition went on to win an Oscar in cinematography, including a year ago when Roger Deakins won both awards for 1917.
This week, Messerschmidt, Richards and Wolski additionally received BAFTA nominations, alongside Judas and the Black Messiah cinematographer Sean Bobbitt and The Mauritanian DP Alwin H. Küchler.
In other ASC categories, the nominees for the Spotlight Award — which recognizes cinematography in independent, foreign or art-house-type films — are Katelin Arizmendi for Swallow, Aurélien Marra for Two of Us and Andrey Naydenov for Dear Comrades!
In the TV categories, The Mandalorian received a pair of nominations for two separate episodes, one lensed by Greig Fraser and one by Baz Idoine.
As previously announced, Sofia Coppola will receive the ASC Board of Governors Award during this year’s presentation.
The complete list of nominations follows.
- Erik Messerschmidt, ASC for Mank
- Phedon Papamichael, ASC, GSC for The Trial of the Chicago 7
- Joshua James Richards for Nomadland
- Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC for Cherry
- Dariusz Wolski, ASC for News of the World
- Katelin Arizmendi for Swallow
- Aurélien Marra for Two of Us
- Andrey Naydenov for Dear Comrades!
- Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw for The Truffle Hunters
- Victor Kossakovsky and Egil Håskjold Larsen for Gunda
- Gianfranco Rosi for Notturno
Motion Picture, Limited Series, or Pilot Made for Television
- Martin Ahlgren, ASC for The Plot Against America, “Part 6”
- Anette Haellmigk for The Great, “The Great”
- Pete Konczal for Fargo, “The Birthplace of Civilization”
- Steven Meizler for The Queen’s Gambit, “End Game”
- Gregory Middleton, ASC, CSC for Watchmen, “This Extraordinary Being”
Episode of a One-Hour Television Series – Commercial
- Marshall Adams, ASC for Better Call Saul, “Bagman”
- Carlos Catalán for Killing Eve, “Meetings Have Biscuits”
- François Dagenais, CSC for Project Blue Book, “Area 51”
- Jon Joffin, ASC for Motherland: Fort Salem, “Up is Down”
- Kim Miles, ASC, CSC, MySC for Project Blue Book, “Operation Mainbrace”
Episode of a One-Hour Television Series – Non-Commercial
- David Franco for Perry Mason, “Chapter 2”
- Ken Glassing for Lucifer, “It Never Ends Well for the Chicken”
- Adriano Goldman, ASC, ABC, BSC for The Crown, “Fairytale”
- David Greene, ASC, CSC for Impulse, “The Moroi”
- David Mullen, ASC for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “It’s Comedy or Cabbage”
- Fabian Wagner, ASC, BSC for The Crown, “Imbroglio”
Episode of a Half-Hour Television Series
- Ava Berkofsky for Insecure, “Lowkey Lost”
- Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS for The Mandalorian, “Chapter 1: The Mandalorian”
- Baz Idoine for The Mandalorian, “Chapter 13: The Jedi”
- Matthew Jensen, ASC for The Mandalorian, “Chapter 15: The Believer”
- Jas Shelton for Homecoming, “Giant”
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