EMMANUEL LUBEZKI WINS AGAIN TOP ASC AWARD

Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC AMC Wins ASC Award 2015 for Birdman ©georgeleon/filmcastlive
Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC AMC took the top ASC award, Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in the Category of Theatrical Release for BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE).

Actor and recent cinematography graduate, Giovanni Ribisi presented the ASC Award for best feature to Lubezki, who also won the ASC top prize last year for GRAVITY. This marks the first time that a cinematographer has won consecutive ASC Awards in the theatrical category. Lubezki previously won in 2012 for THE TREE OF LIFE and in 2007 for CHILDREN OF MEN, and earned a nomination in 2000 for SLEEPY HOLLOW. He is also been a 4 times BAFTA Award winner for Best Cinematography and a 4 times Academy Award nominated and winning Best Cinematography for Gravity. Other nominated films lensed by Lubezki were: Little Princess, Sleepy Hollow, The New World, Children Of Men and Tree Of Life. 

Emmanuel Lubezki ASC AMC flanked by Fred Goodich, ASC 
and his daughter at the 29th American Society of Cinematographers 
Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards.

The other nominees in the feature film category were Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for UNBROKEN; Óscar Faura for THE IMITATION GAME; Dick Pope, BSC for MR. TURNER; and Robert D. Yeoman, ASC for THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.

Roger Deakins, ASC BSC  at the ASC Awards ©george leon/filmcastlive
Roger Deakins, ASC BSC was nominated for UNBROKEN


John Bailey, ASC  received the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award. His work on ORDINARY PEOPLE (1980) and THE BIG CHILL (1983) earned critical acclaim. He has subsequently compiled more than 70 credits, including AMERICAN GIGOLO, THE POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE, SILVERADO, MISHIMA, THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST, GROUNDHOG DAY, IN THE LINE OF FIRE, AS GOOD AS IT GETS, INCIDENT AT LOCH NESS, BIG MIRACLE, THE WAY WAY BACK, and the upcoming THE FORGER and A WALK IN THE WOODS.

John Bailey ASC Lifetime Achievement Award  ©george leon/filmcastlive

The ASC International Award was presented to Phil Méheux, BSC. Méheux’s work spans four decades, with films such as THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY, THE FOURTH PROTOCOL, GOLDENEYE, THE MASK OF ZORRO, ENTRAPMENT, BICENTENNIAL MAN, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, THE LEGEND OF ZORRO, EDGE OF DARKNESS, and CASINO ROYALE.

Phil Meheux, BSC was recipient of  the ASC International Award ©george leon/filmcastlive

Award-winning  Barbra Streisand was recipient of the ASC Board of Governors Award from cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak, ASC. She is the only artist to achieve Oscar®, Tony®, Emmy®, Grammy®, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe®, and Peabody Awards, as well as a National Medal of Honor, France’s Légion d’honneur, the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors. The three films that Streisand has directed - YENTL, THE PRINCE OF TIDES, THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES - earned 14 Academy Award® nominations.

Barbra Streisand recipient of the ASC Governors Award ©george leon/filmcastlive
Barbra Streisand with actor/husband James Brolin

Matthew F. Leonetti, ASC was recognized with the ASC Presidents Award for his impressive cinematographic contributions and dedication to the ASC. Leonetti’s credits include POLTERGEIST, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, WEIRD SCIENCE, JAGGED EDGE, STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT, DAWN OF THE DEAD, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, and RUSH HOUR 2. Forty years after his first role as director of photography on BAT PEOPLE (1974), Leonetti continues to shoot, including the recent DUMB AND DUMBER TO, whose directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly bestowed the Presidents Award at the ceremony.

Matthew Leonetti received ASC Presidents Award ©george leon/filmcastlive

Bill Roe, ASC took home the Career Achievement in Television Award,  Roe has been nominated for three Emmy® Awards for his work on THE X-FILES and FAITH OF MY FATHERS. The ASC has nominated him nine times, for which he won consecutive awards for THE X-FILES (1999, 2000). Since 1997, Roe has shot nearly 200 television episodes contributing to CASTLE, BROOKLYN SOUTH, LAS VEGAS, DAY BREAK, ROBBERY HOMICIDE DIVISION, MAD MEN, and such pilots as TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, THE MENTALIST, and EASTWICK.

Bill Roe  Career Achievement in Television Award © george leon/filmcastlive

 The ASC Bud Stone Award of Distinction was given to Otto Nemenz, founder and CEO of the rental facility Otto Nemenz Intl, and Denny Clairmont, president and co-founder of Clairmont Camera. The award is presented to an Associate ASC Member who has demonstrated extraordinary service to the society and/or has made a significant contribution to the motion picture industry.

Otto Nemenz and Denny Clairmont received the ASC  Bud Stone Award ©george leon/filmcastlive

 Peter Flinckenberg, FSC was this year’s winner of the ASC Spotlight Award for CONCRETE NIGHT. The award recognizes outstanding cinematography in features and documentaries typically screened at film festivals, internationally or in limited theatrical release. Also nominated for the Spotlight Award were Darius Khondji, AFC, ASC for THE IMMIGRANT, and Daniel Landin, BSC for UNDER THE SKIN.

Leonard Maltin ©george leon/filmcastlive
 Film Critic and Historian, Leonard Maltin  attended the 
29th American Society of Cinematographers
 Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards.
 
Cheryl Boone Issacs, AMPAS President ©georgeleon/filmcastlive
Cheryl Boone Issacs, President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences   
(AMPAS) attended the 29th American Society of Cinematographers
 Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards.

Jonathan Freeman, ASC took the Outstanding Achievement Award for an episode of a regular series, Freeman was recognized for his work on the “Golden Days for Boys and Girls” episode of the HBO series BOARDWALK EMPIRE. Last year Freeman took home the award for GAME OF THRONES. He previously won for BOARDWALK EMPIRE (2012, 2011), and HOMELAND SECURITY (2005). He has earned additional nominations for BOARDWALK EMPIRE (2011), TAKEN (2003), STRANGE JUSTICE (2000) and PRINCE STREET (1998). 

Vilmos Zsigmond ASC, Richard Crudo ASC President, Yuri Neyman,ASC  ©george leon/filmcastlive
 Vilmos Zsigmond ASC, Richard Crudo ASC President, Yuri Neyman, ASC

Andy Romanoff and Steven Poster ASC  ©george leon/filmcastlive
Andy Romanoff and Steven Poster, ASC and President of ICG Local 600 
accompanied by a lovely guest

Stephen Pizzello, David Heuring ©george leon/filmcastlive
Stephen Pizzello, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of American Cinematographer 
with writer David Heuring (right)  and guests

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