The American Society of Cinematographers has opted for dramas covering crime, music, war, religion and aviation in its nominees for its top feature award.
The noms, announced today, are Dion Beebe and Paul Cameron for “Collateral,” Caleb Deschanel for “The Passion of the Christ,” Bruno Delbonnel for “A Very Long Engagement,” Pawel Edelman for “Ray” and Robert Richardson for “The Aviator.”
The kudo will be awarded Feb. 13 at the 19th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.
“The six finalists were nominated by their peers, who believe their artful cinematography made vital contributions to compelling motion pictures,” said Owen Roizman, who chairs the org’s awards committee.
Deschanel is the only nominee who has won the ASC Outstanding Achievement Award, taking the honor in 2000 for “The Patriot.” He was nominated in 1997 for “Fly Away Home.”
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Richardson scored his seventh nomination, with previous nods for “JFK,” “A Few Good Men,” “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Heaven & Earth,” “The Horse Whisperer” and “Snow Falling on Cedars.”
Delbonnel was previously nominated for “Amelie,” while Edelman received a nod for “The Pianist”; it’s the first nom for Beebe and Cameron.
Cameron told Daily Variety that the unique look of “Collateral,” portraying Los Angeles at night, might have been the key factor in generating support. “It’s such an honor to be included on this list,” he added.
The ASC noms have been a reliable indicator of Academy Awards contenders, with a match rate of over 80%. There are 275 ASC members, while the Academy has 183 members in its cinematographers branch.
Five of the past nine ASC winners took home Oscars, including the late Conrad Hall in 2003 for “Road to Perdition.” The ASC gave the kudo last year to John Schwartzman for “Seabiscuit,” while the Academy opted for Russell Boyd for “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.”