The American Society of Cinematographers Announces Their 2012 Nominees

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American Society of Cinematographers 2012 Nominees
Benedict Cumberbatch in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Photo: Focus Features

This morning the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) weighed in with their nominees for the year’s best in cinematography and at the same time offered yet another blow to Steven Spielberg’s War Horse as Janusz Kaminski was not named among the top five. Interesting enough, of the five nominees, four are among my current predictions for Oscar’s Best Cinematography with War Horse being the lone nominee out.

The one name I didn’t have in my top five was one that was certainly deserving, Hoyte van Hoytema of the technically proficient, yet dry, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I currently have van Hoytema in the 11th spot and this is just the latest in a series of guild nominations that’s going to have people second guessing Spielberg’s War Horse, especially considering cinematography was one of the film’s strong suits.

I have included the list of five nominees below and the ASC will hold the 26th annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards on February 12. If I had to wager a guess this is going to Emmanuel Lubezki for The Tree of Life, just as I suspect the Oscar will. Your thoughts?

  • Guillaume Schiffman (The Artist)
  • Jeff Cronenweth (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
  • Robert Richardson (Hugo)
  • Hoyte van Hoytema (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
  • Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life)