Industry vets Roger Deakins and Robert Richardson earn career best nominations.
The American Society of Cinematographers has released its nominations for the 34th ASC Awards, celebrating the best in cinema from 2019.
The full list of feature film nominations:
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For the Spotlight Award, which recognizes festival films and limited release titles, the nominees are:
The most notable nominee is Roger Deakins, the famed cinematographer who earned a standing ovation at the 90th Academy Awards when he won the Oscar for Blade Runner 2049 after 14 nominations. His work on the single-shot 1917 by director Sam Mendes is anticipated as the year's Oscar winner.
At the ASC Awards, Deakins has picked up the feature film award four times, for titles The Shawshank Redemption, The Man Who Wasn't There, Skyfall, and the aforementioned Blade Runner 2049. He has been nominated a total of 16 times. If he wins for 1917, he will tie Emmanuel Lubezki's record of five wins.
Of 1917 and Deakins' skill, Christy Lemire of FilmWeek said, "This is a tremendous technical achievement and I was just dazzled the whole time."
Over the year's the ASC Awards has served as a solid industry predictor of the Academy Awards. The nominees for the Oscars are chosen by each faction of the Academy, so it's no surprise that the cinematographers branch would vote similarly for its own industry award as it does for the Oscars. In five of the last 10 years, the ASC Award winner followed by taking home the Academy Award.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood's Robert Richardson is also an industry vet. The craftsman has accumulated three Oscar wins off of nine nominations, including a number for Quentin Tarantino pictures, like Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds.
With the ASC, Richardson has amassed 11 nominations. A win here would be Richardson's first from the cinematographers group.
Phedon Papamichael has received three ASC Awards nominations, including a sole feature film nomination for Nebraska. He followed suit by earning his first Oscars nomination for the Alexander Payne film. He is expected to earn a second Academy Award nomination for his work on Ford v Ferrari.
Similarly, Rodrgio Prieto is expected to add an Oscar nomination to his list of achievements for the cinematography of Martin Scorsese's The Irishman. The nod would bring his total Academy Award mentions to three, after nominations for Brokeback Mountain and Silence. This marks his fourth nomination for the ASC feature film award.
All eyes will mostly be on Lawrence Sher and the awards results for Todd Phillips' divisive Joker. Much of Sher's filmography includes high level comedy films, like The Hangover and The Dictator. Though, Sher does also have experience in the specialty title world with films like Garden State and The Chumscrubber included in the mix.
Of Joker, much of the praise for the film is based on the look and feel of the film's world, much to the appreciation of Sher's work. The cinematographer earned the Golden Frog from Cameraimage for Joker and is expected to earn his first Oscar nomination for the comic book villain film.
The 34th American Society of Cinematographers Awards will take place January 5, 2020, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.