Lensmen Noms More American Than Ever

The group of nominees for the annual American Society of Cinematographers outstanding achievement awards is younger and includes more Americans than in previous years.

Up for honors in the feature category are Don Burgess (“Forrest Gump”), John Toll (“Legends of the Fall”), Conrad Hall, ASC (“Love Affair”), Roger Deakins, BSC, ASC (“The Shawshank Redemption”) and Owen Roizman, ASC (“Wyatt Earp”).

It’s the first nomination in the category for Burgess, Roizman, Toll and Deakins. Hall won in 1989 for “Tequila Sunrise” and in 1994 for “Searching for Bobby Fischer.” He also snagged the ASC 1994 Lifetime Achievement prize last year.

Nominees for outstanding achievement in the telefilm category are Lauro Escoral for “Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight,” Paul Elliot for “And the Band Played On,” Tim Suhrstedt for “Chicago Hope,” Felix Enrigues Alcala for “Earth 2” and Thomas Del Ruth, ASC, for “ER.”

Miniseries noms go to Michael Watkins, ASC, for “Family Album” (part 1), Don Fauntleroy for “Heaven and Hell” (part 2), David Franco for “Million Dollar Babies” (part 1), Edward J. Pei for “Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All,” and Tony Imi, BSC, “Scarlett” (episode 1).

Outstanding achievement award noms for an episodic series go to Roland (Ozzie) Smith (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” – “Washington Affair”), Thomas Del Ruth, ASC (“ER” – “Day One”), Brian J. Reynolds (“NYPD Blue” – “You Bet Your Life”), Marvin Rush (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” – “Crossover”) and John Bartley (“The X-Files” – “Duane Barry”).

Gordon Willis, ASC, was previously named recipient of the ASC Lifetime Achievement award, to be handed out at the Feb. 26 ceremony in Beverly Hills. Gabriel Figueroa will receive the org’s International Achievement Award.

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