The American Society of Cinematographers nominees include our four leading Oscar contenders for Best Cinematography — frontrunner “The Revenant” (Emmanuel Lubezki) as well “Mad Max: Fury Road” (John Seale), “Sicario” (Roger Deakins) and “Carol” (Ed Lachman).
The final ASC nominee is “Bridge of Spies” (Janusz Kaminski), which we have ranked sixth at the Oscars behind “The Hateful Eight” (Robert Richardson).
Lubezki has gone four for six with the ASC, including last year for “Birdman” and in 2013 for “Gravity” (he also won Oscars for those) as well as “Children of Men” (2006) and “The Tree of Life” (2011).
Deakins has won three of his 14 ASC bids — “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994); “The Man Who Wasn’t There” (2001) and “Skyfall” (2012) — but has yet to take home an Oscar despite a dozen nominations.
Seale prevailed on the second of his four previous ASC bids for “The English Patient” (1996) and repeated at the Oscars.
Lachman has contended once each on the film and TV side for previous projects with “Carol” helmer Todd Haynes (“Far From Heaven,” 2002; “Mildred Pierce,” 2011).
Does this snub of Robertson, a three-time Oscar champ and 10-time ASC contender, rule him out of the running for at least reap an Oscar bid?
Over its 29-year history, the ASC has predicted 114 of the 145 Oscar nominees, including four of last year’s five contenders. However, the ASC choice for the best in the business has presaged the eventual winner at the Oscars only 15 times in 29 years.
The 30th annual ASC Awards take place on Feb. 14 at the Beverly Hilton.
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