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ASC trains lens on Deakins

Cinematographers org to hand out honors on Feb. 13

Roger Deakins, best known for his work with the Coen brothers, has been selected to receive the 2011 American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented Feb. 13 at the ASC kudofest at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.

The British transplant might be considered the Peter O’Toole of cinematographers, having been nominated by the Academy eight times without taking home the Oscar, and even competing against himself one year — for 2007’s “No Country for Old Men” and “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” Deakins has received two ASC awards for his feature work on “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994) and his black-and-white lensing of the Coens’ “The Man Who Wasn’t There” (2001).

“The Lifetime Achievement Award is a reflection of the impact that a cinematographer has made on the art of filmmaking rather than the capping of a career,” ASC President Michael Goi said in a statement. “It is our way of acknowledging a true artist in his prime. Roger Deakins raises the artistic profile of our profession with every movie, and he will continue to do so for many years.”

The ASC has gravitated between active d.p.’s who continue to shoot prominent films, such as Vilmos Zsigmond, Vittorio Storaro and last year’s recipient, Caleb Deschanel, and those in or near retirement, such as Fred Koenecamp, Bill Butler and Owen Roizman.

“I had mixed emotions when I was told about this recognition,” says Deakins, who is also a member of the British Society of Cinematographers. “To be honest, I am flattered, but I also feel like I am only just getting started.”

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