Deakins up for 2 cinematography awards


Roger Deakins became the first cinematographer to claim two nominations in one year in the feature film category of the American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards. He received a pair of nominations for his rendering of "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" and "No Country for Old Men."

Also nominated in the category are Robert Elswit for "There Will Be Blood," Janusz Kaminski for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and Seamus McGarvey for "Atonement."

Five-time Oscar nominee Deakins was previously nominated for ASC Awards five times and won twice, for "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Man Who Wasn't There." This is the fourth ASC nomination for Kaminski, the second for Elswit and the first for McGarvey.

"Artful cinematography is a global language, which frequently goes unnoticed by critics and the general public because it is usually designed to be unintrusive," Okada said. "Our purpose is to let our colleagues know we appreciate their artistry."

This year the four nominees were born and raised in different countries. Deakins is from England, Kaminski is from Poland, McGarvey is from Ireland, and Elswit is a native of the U.S.

The 22nd ASC Awards will be presented Jan. 26 at Hollywood & Highland.