Deakins nabs fifth ASC nod

HOLLYWOOD — Following this year’s tendency toward the unpredictable, the American Society of Cinematographers has tapped an eclectic quintet of big-budget and arthouse fare in its feature film noms.

The ASC selected Roger Deakins (“The Man Who Wasn’t There”), Bruno Delbonnel (“Amelie”), Andrew Lesnie (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”), Don McAlpine (“Moulin Rouge”) and John Schwartzman (“Pearl Harbor”).

It was the fifth ASC nom for Deakins, who shot the Coen brothers’ “The Man Who Wasn’t There” in black and white; the other contenders are all first-timers. Deakins won in 1994 for “The Shawshank Redemption” and copped noms for “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “Fargo” and “Kundun.”

The nods cover an exceptionally wide range of genres, representing film noir, romance, fantasy, musical and war drama. Critics groups have already tapped Deakins and Lesnie for trophies along with Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping-bin for “In the Mood for Love.”

The ASC nominations have been a reliable indicator of sentiment among Academy voters, with nearly 90% subsequently snagging Oscar noms.

The winner will be named at the 16th annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on Feb. 17.

“There is no exact way to judge a subjective and collaborative art form like cinematography,” said ASC prexy Steven Poster. “The truth is that there were some very difficult decisions because there was so much excellent work. In the end, our members decided that these five amazingly talented colleagues deserve to be recognized for their extraordinary achievements in totally different types of movies.”

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