American Society of Cinematographers nominations: ‘Birdman,’ ‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘Unbroken,’ …

The American Society of Cinematographers nominees include just three of our five leading Oscar contenders for Best Cinematography — frontrunner “Birdman” (Emmanuel Lubezki) as well as third-place “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Robert D. Yeoman) and fifth-place “Unbroken” (Roger Deakins). The two other ASC nominees are “The Imitation Game” (Oscar Faura) and “Mr. Turner” (Dick Pope).

Deakins has won three of his 13 ASC bids while Lubezki has gone three for five. This is the second nod for Pope and the first for both Faura and Yeoman. 

The ASC snubbed our second and fourth place contenders for the lensing Oscar — “Interstellar” (Hoyte van Hoytema) and “Gone Girl” (Jeff Croneweth, a two-time ASC and Oscar nominee). Does this rule them out of the running to at least reap an Oscar bid then?

Over its 28-year history, the ASC has predicted 110 of the 140 Oscar nominees, including all five of last year’s contenders. However, the ASC choice for the best in the business has presaged the eventual winner at the Oscars only 14 times in 28 years, including last year when Lubezki won both awards for “Gravity.” 

The 29th annual ASC Awards take place on Feb. 15 at the Beverly Hilton. 

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