'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Pan Am' Among ASC Nominated TV Programs

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HBO garnered a leading 7 wins for "Boardwalk Empire" -- in categories including art direction and casting that "Mad Men" won last year -- which might foretell a new drama series champion crowned Sept. 18.

The cinematography on Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Pan Am and Chase has been nominated for Amercian Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards in Television.

HBO's Boardwalk Empire actually earned two nominations in the one-hour episodic television series/pilot category. The nominees are David Franco for Boardwalk Empire (“To the Lost”), Jonathan Freeman for Boardwalk Empire (“21”), David Katznelson for PBS’ Downton Abbey (Pilot), John Lindley for ABC’s Pan Am (Pilot), and David Stockton for NBC’s Chase (“Narco Part 2”)

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The finalists in the television movie/miniseries category are Ed Lachman for HBO’s Mildred Pierce, Kevin Moss for Showtime’s Chicago Overcoat, David Moxness for ReelzChannel’s The Kennedys (“Moral Issues and Inner Turmoil”), Martin Ruhe for PBS’ Page Eight, and Wojciech Szepel for PBS’ Any Human Heart (“Episode 2”).

The third television category, for a half-hour episodic series or pilot, was just added this year. The nominees are James Bagdonas for ABC’s Modern Family (“Bixby’s Back”), Michael Balfry for The Hub’s R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour (“Brush with Madness”), Vanja Cernjul for HBO’s Bored to Death (“Forget the Herring”), Levie Isaacks for ABC’s Man Up (“Acceptance”), and Michael Weaver for Showtime’s Californication (“Suicide Solution”).

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Freeman, Moxness and Stockton have won ASC Awards. Freeman earned awards for Boardwalk Empire (2011) and Homeland Security (2005). Moxness won for this work on Smallville in 2007, and Stockton earned his ASC Award for Eleventh Hour in 2009.

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HBO shows earned four nominations, followed by PBS and ABC with three, and Showtime with two. The Hub and ReelzChannel earned one each.

The 26th annual ASC Awards will be held February 12 at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom.