ASC hands out awards

Carpenter wins for work on 'Titanic'

The American Society of Cinematographers has awarded its top honor, the Outstanding Achievement Award, to four film and television directors of photography.

Russell Carpenter won in the feature category for his work on the Fox/Paramount blockbuster “Titanic.”

Marc Reshovsky was granted the award in the TV episodic category for “Nightmare on Dick Street,” an episode of NBC’s “3rd Rock From the Sun.”

William Wages won the telepic competition for his work on TNT’s “Buffalo Soldiers,” while Alan Caso earned top honors in the miniseries category for “George Wallace,” also from cable channel TNT.

The awards were slated to be presented Sunday at the 12th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony at the Century Plaza Hotel.

“Our purpose is to recognize and celebrate outstanding artistic achievement in narrative film cinematography and also to inspire the pursuit of excellence in this important field of endeavor,” ASC president Woody Omens said in a statement.

Carpenter has also been nominated for a cinematography Oscar for “Titanic.” This was his first nomination in the ASC competition. His previous credits include “True Lies,” “The Lawnmower Man,” “The Indian in the Cupboard” and “Money Talks.” His next release is “The Negotiator.”

It was Wages’ second consecutive ASC achievement award. He won the TV movie category last year for “Riders of the Purple Sage.” It’s the fifth time in 10 years that Wages has been a finalist in the competition.

The honors were the first for both Reshovsky and Caso.

Others ASC award winners were Victor Kemper, lifetime achievement; Freddie Francis, international achievement; Francis Ford Coppola, Board of Governors Award; and Albert Maysles, President’s Award.

Slated to present the awards were Jack Shea, president of the Directors Guild of America; Leonard Stern, president of the Producers Guild of America; Meryl Marshall, president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; directors Robert Mulligan, Arthur Hiller and Brian Levant; and cinematographers Vittorio Storaro, Haskell Wexler and Conrad Hall.

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