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American Society Of Cinematographers announce award nominees

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 11th, 2011

This weekend features both the Critics Choice Awards and the Golden Globes, meaning that the awards season is just about coming into the final stretch.

One of the final guilds to come in with their respective awards nominations, the American Society of Cinematographers, have announced their five nominees for the greatest achievement in cinematography, and it’s a rather interesting collection of artists.

Matthew Libatique gets a nod here for his work on Darren Aronofsky’s BLACK SWAN, and joins Wally Pfister (INCEPTION), Jeff Cronenweth (THE SOCIAL NETWORK), Roger Deakins (TRUE GRIT), and the shocking choice of Danny Cohen for his work on Tom Hooper’s THE KING'S SPEECH.

Having just walked out of a showing of KING'S SPEECH, I can honestly say that while I think both GRIT and INCEPTION are better, KING'S SPEECH is far and away one of the most visually stunning pieces of cinema from the year past. It’s an absolutely breathtaking piece of visual art, and more than deserves a nomination here.

That said, it’s not this year’s best. BLACK SWAN is far and away the year’s most interesting bit of cinematography, and THE SOCIAL NETWORK may be the year’s most assured piece of art. GRIT lost a bit of luster near the end, and while I do enjoy INCEPTION, the last thing I think about that film is its cinematography. Overall, this is a really fantastic list, and proves that it’s a three horse race for the top spot come this year’s Oscar ceremony.

What do you think?

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