Oscar frontrunner Emmanuel Lubezki (“The Revenant“) is all but certain to win the American Society of Cinematographers award for Best Feature Film at the 30th annual edition of these kudos on Sunday (Feb. 14). Also contending for this top guild honor are three other Oscar nominees — Roger Deakins ( “Sicario” ), Ed Lachman (“Carol“) and John Seale (“Mad Max: Fury Road“) — as well as Janusz Kaminski (“Bridge of Spies“). The Oscar race is rounded out by Robert Richardson (“The Hateful Eight” ).
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). He has leading odds of 2/9.
Seale prevailed on the second of his four previous ASC bids for “The English Patient” (1996) and repeated at the Oscars. He has odds of 6/1 to pull off an upset.
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). He has odds of 25/1.
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. He has odds of 28/1.
Kaminski has lost all five of his ASC races but has two Oscars for “Schindler’s List” (1993) and “Saving Private Ryan” (1998).
Over its 30-year history, the ASC has predicted 118 of the 150 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.
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