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American Society of Cinematographers Names Career Achievement Honorees

John Toll, Bill Bennett and Lowell Peterson to be feted.

Cinematographers John Toll, Bill Bennett and Lowell Peterson will be honored by the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) at the organization’s February awards gala, it was announced Monday.

Toll, one of a short list of DPs to win back-to-back Oscars (for “Legends of the Fall” and “Braveheart”) will receive the org’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Peterson, a three-time ASC nominee and small-screen veteran of shows like “Profiler,” “Six Feet Under” and “Jane the Virgin,” will be honored with the Career Achievement in Television Award. And Bennett, with well over 1,000 television commercial credits and affectionately known by his peers as “The Car Guy” for his innovative work on automobile spots, will receive the ASC Presidents Award.

“John, Lowell and Bill have set an extremely high bar for all of us,” ASC president Richard Crudo said. “For years they each have contributed outstanding work across a variety of platforms. And of course, they’ll continue to do so. This recognition is merely the first in what I’m sure will be an avalanche of honors as time moves on.”

Meanwhile, this year’s cinematography Oscar race is as competitive as ever, with films like “The Revenant” (Emmanuel Lubezki shares the rare back-to-back winner designation with Toll), “Sicario” (Roger Deakins still looking for his first Academy Award) and “The Hateful Eight” (marked by the use of 70mm UltraPanavision by three-time Oscar winner Robert Richardson) leading the way.

The 30th annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards will be held on Feb. 14, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Century City.

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