Five have ASC nods in sights


The American Society of Cinematographers on Thursday announced the feature film nominees for its annual Outstanding Achievement Awards: Emmanuel Lubezki for "Children of Men," Dick Pope for "The Illusionist," Robert Richardson for "The Good Shepherd," Dean Semler for "Apocalypto" and Vilmos Zsigmond for "The Black Dahlia."

The winner will be announced Feb. 18 during the 21st annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City.

"These five amazingly talented individuals were selected by their peers, who believe they have set the standard for artful visual storytelling in a sharply competitive field from 2006," said Russ Alsobrook, who chairs the organization's Awards Committee.

It is the eighth ASC nomination for Richardson, the third for Zsigmond, the second for Lubezki and Semler and the first for Pope.

"Favorable reviews tend to mention beautiful images, but that's a matter of taste," ASC president Daryn Okada said. "Artful images can be distressing if that's what it takes to properly effect the emotional flow of a film. Our members judge whether the cinematographer helped to create a sense of time and place that pulls the audience into the story. … Great cinematography is something you feel."

Okada also pointed out that all five nominees trace their origins to different countries. Semler was born and launched his career in Australia, Zsigmond in Hungary, Lubezki in Mexico, Richardson in the U.S. and Pope in England, where he still resides.