“Game of Thrones” has never won an Emmy for its lensing, but it has won three awards from the American Society of Cinematographers, which shares members with the cinematographers’ branch of the TV academy. This fantasy series is a two-time nominee at this year’s ASC Awards, which will be handed out on Feb. 17. Click through our gallery of screenshots from all 15 episodes nominated in the three television categories this year, supplemented with each nominee’s awards history and odds to win.
“The Crown” contends for the same episode that was in the running at last summer’s Emmys. It lost then to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which was snubbed by the ASC, despite being eligible in an additional category: Best Movie/Mini/Pilot Cinematography.
“The Crown” and “The Man in the High Castle” are the only dramas that were nominated for their cinematography at the most recent Emmys that are also up for ASC Awards this year; all seven series were eligible. The omissions of popular Emmy nominees like “Stranger Things” and “Westworld” cannot quite be counted as “snubs,” because they might not have been submitted for consideration.
The ASC declined to share a list of submissions, but revealed to Gold Derby that they “received over 100 entries for the TV categories,” which is less than half of the 257 that the Emmys received across their four fiction cinematography categories last year.
The ASC nominees tend to be more diverse than those of the Emmys, which skew toward Best Drama Series nominees and other prestige programs. The ASC nominated four programs this year that have been eligible, but have never received an Emmy nomination in any category: “Legion,” “Sometimes the Good Kill,” “Training Day” and “12 Monkeys.”
With the Best Commercial Series Cinematography nomination for “The Originals,” the ASC again recognized the CW, a network that has never received an Emmy nomination for cinematography. “Outlander,” which repeated its nomination for Best Noncommercial Series Cinematography, airs on Starz, which has only been nominated once for cinematography by the Emmys, for “The Pillars of the Earth” in 2011.
Will “Mindhunter” or “The Deuce” win Best Movie/Mini/Pilot Cinematography? Make your ASC predictions now and edit them until the ceremony on February 17. Also predict other award shows like the Oscars, as well as reality shows like “The Amazing Race.”