The 27th annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards take place on Feb.10 at the Grand Ballroom of Hollywood & Highland.
Four of the five Oscar nominees for Best Cinematography — "Anna Karenina," "Lincoln," "Life of Pi" and "Skyfall" — contend for the ASC award. The fifth ASC slot went to "Les Miserables" over Oscar contender "Django Unchained."
Claudio Miranda ("Life of Pi") was nominated by the ASC in 2008 for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Danny Cohen ("Les Miserables") and Seamus McGarvey ("Anna Karenina") have one past ASC bid for working with these same directors on "The King's Speech" and "Atonement" respectively.
Two-time ASC champ Roger Deakins ("The Shawshank Redemption," "The Man Who Wasn't There") earned his 11th nod for "Skyfall." He has yet to win an Oscar despite nine nods.
Last year, the ASC snubbed four-time nominee Janusz Kaminski for his shooting of "War Horse," though this two-time Oscar champ — "Schindler's List" (1993) and "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) — contended at the Academy Awards. He picked up his fifth ASC bid for another Steven Spielberg picture ("Lincoln").
Among those snubbed this year by the ASC: 10-time ASC nominee and three-time Oscar champ Robert Richardson ("Django Unchained") and Mihai Malamaire, Jr. for his lensing of "The Master."
Over the 26-year history of these awards, the ASC choice for the best in the business has presaged the eventual winner at the Oscars only 13 times. However, the ASC has predicted 105 of the 135 Oscar nominees.