Cinematographers / ASC: Articles

Antihero Ricardo Cortez: Best Showcases + Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Brother

Antihero Ricardo Cortez in Symphony of Six Million, with Irene Dunne. Directed by Gregory La Cava, this 1932 family/romantic melodrama may have been one of Cortez's favorite among his own movies (see further below). Based on a morality tale by Back Street, Imitation of Life, and Humoresque author Fannie Hurst, […]

Eddie Redmayne, Bong Joon-ho: Academy Invites Eclectic International Talent

Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything: Academy Actors Branch invitee. Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals “who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to […]

Kathryn Bigelow & Benh Zeitlin Are Best Director Favorites + Michael Haneke Surprisingly Bypassed

Zero Dark Thirty with Chris Pratt and Joel Edgerton. With ten wins and two nominations to date, Kathryn Bigelow is the top Best Director choice this awards season for the controversial “war on terror” thriller Zero Dark Thirty, about a dogged CIA analyst (Jessica Chastain) and the hunt for Osama […]

Harris Savides: Gus Van Sant & Sofia Coppola Cinematographer Dies

Harris Savides, cinematographer for Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola, Woody Allen, dead at age 55 Harris Savides, a cinematographer who collaborated with the likes of Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola, Woody Allen, David Fincher, and Ridley Scott, died earlier today. Savides, who was 55, had reportedly been battling cancer. (Image: […]

Melissa McCarthy & Husband Ben Falcone + Oscar Winners' Man-on-Man Kissing: Academy Awards

Maya Rudolph. Maya Rudolph attends the Governors Ball after the 84th Academy Awards ceremony held at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood on Feb. 26, '12. Rudolph wasn't nominated for any Oscars, but she was a presenter alongside fellow Bridesmaids actresses Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Kristen […]

Grammy Awards Movies + Emmanuel Lubezki Wins Cinematographers' Prize

Grammy Awards Movies The Grammy 2012 winners in the “visual media” categories have already been announced. The winner for Best Song Written for Visual Media was Diane Warren's “Born to Be Somebody,” from the Justin Bieber documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, sung by Justin Bieber himself (photo). The other […]

James Cameron Collaborator Andrew Wight, Cinematographer Mike deGruy Die

Producer Andrew Wight (right), best known for his collaboration with James Cameron on Sanctum, and cinematographer Mike deGruy, among whose credits is the documentary Deep Blue, have died earlier today as their helicopter crashed while taking off from an airstrip south of Berry in New South Wales, Australia. Wight, from […]

NSFC Surprises: Lars von Trier + Kirsten Dunst & Brad Pitt

Shahab Hosseini in Asghar Farhadi's A Separation The National Society of Film Critics (NSFC), among whose members are the majority of the United States' most influential and respected film commentators, has – as usual – taken a (mostly) different route than your average US-based critics' group. For every The Social […]

Tura Satana & Cliff Robertson + the Two Russells & Child Actors: 'TCM Remembers'

Tura Satana in Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. One of the film world's personalities seen in this year's “TCM Remembers” video homage, Tura Satana owes her cult fame to one single movie: Russ Meyer's Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965). Following that low-budget “exploitation” romp, Satana would be credited in only two […]

Roger Deakins (Finally) Best Cinematography Win? Oscar Predictions

Roger Deakins: 'True Grit' cinematographer has no Oscar to call his own. 2011 Oscar Predictions: Best Cinematography - Roger Deakins, 'True Grit' Although Inception's Wally Pfister won the 2011 American Society of Cinematographers Award, it's important to note that the ASC is hardly a good judge of an eventual winner […]

'Inception' Surprise, Julia Roberts: American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards

'Inception' movie with Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Cinematography by Wally Pfister. 'Inception' cinematographer Wally Pfister, Julia Roberts take home American Society of Cinematographers Awards Inception cinematographer Wally Pfister – not, as many had been expecting, True Grit lenser Roger Deakins – was the feature film winner at the 2011 American Society of […]

Gordon Willis & Caleb Deschanel: Biggest Oscar Snubs #10a

Diane Keaton, Woody Allen in Manhattan Gordon Willis for Klute (1971), The Godfather (1972), The Paper Chase (1973), The Godfather: Part II (1974), All the President's Men (1976), Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) Caleb Deschanel for The Black Stallion (1979), Being There (1979) Those […]

Christopher Nolan + David Fincher DGA Award Contenders + Sandra Bullock BAFTA 'Snub'

Leonardo DiCaprio in the Christopher Nolan thriller Inception Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), David Fincher (The Social Network), Christopher Nolan (Inception), Tom Hooper (The King's Speech), and David O. Russell (The Fighter) are the 2010 Directors Guild of America Awards' five nominees. Missing from the roster are Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island), […]

Paranormal Baby + Mark Zuckerberg Damage Control Spin vs. Scathing Facebook Movie

A Bloody Disgusting writer reports the recent arrival at his doorstep of a package containing an unidentified USB flash drive. It turned out the flash drive featured a viral clip from, in all probability, Paramount's upcoming Paranormal Activity 2. Instead of the bed ghosts – here's wondering if they caused […]

Tony Awards: Scarlett Johansson & Eddie Redmayne Winners + Student Academy Awards

Alfred Molina, Eddie Redmayne, Red June 13 update: Hollywood took over Broadway at the 2010 Tony Awards. Or almost. Presenters included Daniel Radcliffe and Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, while Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Catherine Zeta-Jones are now Tony winners as well. And so are Scarlett Johansson and (for […]

Oscar-Nominated Cinematographer William A. Fraker Dies

Mia Farrow in Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby William A. Fraker, the Academy Award-nominated cinematographer of Richard Brooks' Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), Warren Beatty and Buck Henry's Heaven Can Wait (1978), and John Badham's WarGames (1983), died on May 31. Fraker was 86. Among Fraker's other credits – the best […]

Iraq War & Corporate Downsizing Top WGA Awards + Stark German Drama Is Surprise ASC Winner

Jeremy Renner in Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker. 'The Hurt Locker,' 'Up in the Air': WGA Awards The Writers Guild of America came up with some pretty shocking choices at their 2010 awards held this evening: Mark Boal's The Hurt Locker (directed by Kathryn Bigelow) for best original […]

Meryl Streep & Sandra Bullock Best Actress Tie, Kiss: Critics' Choice Awards

“It's sort of surreal,” The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow told journalists backstage when asked about her Critics Choice Award victory over former husband James Cameron, in the running for the blockbuster Avatar. Cameron's 3D sci-fier, however, was the evening's big winner in terms of sheer number of trophies: six […]

Lauren Bacall + Gordon Willis & Roger Corman: Governors Awards Honor Oscar-less Talent

Honorary Oscar recipients Roger Corman, Lauren Bacall, and Gordon Willis at the 2009 Governors Awards ceremony held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on Saturday, Nov. 14. “It's so much better … that nobody's worrying whether 36.5 million people are watching us or 29.2,” remarked Warren Beatty, a […]

Caleb Deschanel, Allen Daviau: Academy's 'Behind the Motion Picture Canvas' Presentation

Pictured above are (left to right): host and council member Rob Hummel, Oscar-nominated cinematographer Stephen Burum (The Untouchables, Mission Impossible), Oscar-nominated cinematographer Allen Daviau (

Ed Catmull Creativity Honored + NSFC Awards' First Ever Animated & Non-Fiction Best Film

Ed Catmull. Pixar co-founder and “collective creativity” proponent Ed Catmull will be the recipient of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2009 Gordon E. Sawyer Award, handed to “an individual in the motion picture industry whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry.” Past honorees – all […]

Student Academy Awards: Caleb Deschanel, Jason Reitman Among Presenters

'Simulacra.' 'Simulacra,' 'On the Line' among Student Academy Award winners The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 35th Annual Student Academy Awards ceremony was held earlier this evening, June 7, '08, at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. (See further below images from the Student Academy Awards […]

'Out of Africa' Cinematographer David Watkin Dead

Hugh Hudson's Chariots of Fire (top); Meryl Streep, Robert Redford in Out of Africa (bottom) Cinematographer David Watkin, best known for his work on Hugh Hudson's Chariots of Fire and Sydney Pollack's Out of Africa, died of cancer this past February 19 at his home in Brighton, England. He was […]

Russian Mafia & Rwanda Genocide Top English-Language-Focused Genie Nominations + DGA & ASC Awards

Eastern Promises with Viggo Mortensen. David Cronenberg made a name for himself by directing (and sometimes writing) dark, disturbing dramas (The Brood, Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly) in which violence/gross-out stuff is prevalent and there's little hope for “the human condition.” At least when it comes to the display of violence, Eastern Promises is no […]

Beyoncé & Melissa Etheridge: Oscar Performers + Dystopian Drama Tops Best Cinematography Award

Beyoncé Knowles, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls Oscar Performers: Beyoncé Knowles, Melissa Etheridge & James Taylor Oscar telecast producer Laura Ziskin has announced the show's musical performers at the upcoming 2007 Academy Awards. Beyoncé Knowles will perform “Listen” (music by Henry Krieger and Scott Cutler, lyric by Anne […]

BAFTA Awards' Royal Movies + Veteran Vilmos Zsigmond & Swimmer Problems in Palm Springs

James McAvoy in The Last King of Scotland. This year, the British Academy decided to support two (at least part-) British “royal movies”: Stephen Frears' The Queen, starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, and Kevin Macdonald's The Last King of Scotland, starring James McAvoy as a Scottish doctor who becomes part of […]

Guild Awards: From Transsexual Road Movie & Race-Obsessed Los Angeles

2006 American Society of Cinematographers winners: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on February 26, 2006. Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases * Dion Beebe, ASC, ACS for Memoirs of a Geisha Robert Elswit, ASC for Good Night and Good Luck. Andrew Lesnie, ASC, ACS for King […]