ASC TV award noms announced

Winners will be named Feb. 27

TNT's "Dark Blue," ABC's "FlashForward" and "Ugly Betty," CBS's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and the CW's "Smallville" all figured in the American Society of Cinematographers' nominations in two television categories, announced Thursday.

Nominated in the episodic/pilot TV category for the 24th annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards are Eagle Egilsson for the "Venice Kings" episode of "Blue"; Jeffrey Jur for "The Gift" from "FlashForward"; Michael Price for "Betty's" "There's No Place Like Mode"; Christian Sebaldt for the "CSI" episode "Family Affair"; and Glen Winter for the "Savior" episode of "Smallville."

"The rapid evolution of high-definition televisions in homes has made the role cinematographers play in creating content for episodic television more challenging and more important than ever," ASC awards committee chairman Richard Crudo said.

In the TV movie/miniseries category, the nominees are Alar Kivilo for HBO's "Taking Chance"; Rene Ohashi for CBS's "Jesse Stone: Thin Ice," and Jerzy Zielinski for CBS' "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler."

Jur, Ohashi and Winter have all previously earned ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards. Jur won for the telefilm "Last Call" in 2003 and for the series "Carnivale" in 2004. Ohashi took home the prize in the TV movie category for "The Crossing" in 2001. Winter claimed top honors in the episodic competition for "Smallville" in 2008.

Winners will be named on Feb. 27 at the ASC Awards dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.