American Society of Cinematographers Announce Their 2013 Awards Nominations

Life of Pi
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The final guild and/or society nominations that were left to be announced before tomorrow’s 2013 Oscar nominations have arrived as the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) have revealed their nominations for 2013 and of the five nominees there are three I would say seem to be locks for Oscar noms and two that will be doing battle to the final bell.

The locks would seem to be Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi), Janusz Kaminski (Lincoln) and Roger Deakins (Skyfall) while the ASC also nominated Seamus McGarvey (Anna Karenina) and Danny Cohen (Les Miserables). McGarvey and Cohen are currently in the #6 and #7 slots in my Best Cinematography predictions with Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty) and Mihai Malaimare Jr. (The Master) in at #4 and #5 respectively, but these nods certainly give me pause.

Just yesterday I moved McGarvey out of the top five down to #7, while also writing the following:

It was, however, a hard choice down near the bottom of the top five and trying to figure just where Zero Dark Thirty, The Master, Les Miserables and Anna Karenina would finish. The order may suggest confidence, but I could really see any combination of those four taking up the final two spots.

It would seem I’m not too far off and I’m beginning to think the field may switch to match up with the ASC exactly.

Last year there was only one difference between the ASC and Academy when Hoyte van Hoytema (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) snagged an ASC nom and Janusz Kaminski (War Horse) was nominated by the Academy. The year before the nominations matched up exactly and the year before that only one difference. So, as of late, these are nominations that can serve as good predictors.

I’ll be posting my final 2013 Oscar predictions before tomorrow’s nominations this afternoon, but for now here are the 2013 ASC nominees and you can find my current list of predictions right here.

  • Seamus McGarvey (Anna Karenina)
  • Danny Cohen (Les Miserables)
  • Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi)
  • Janusz Kaminski (Lincoln)
  • Roger Deakins (Skyfall)
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