2019 American Society of Cinematographers Awards: Lukasz Zal (‘Cold War’) wins ASC prize on way to Oscars

The 33rd annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards took place on Feb. 9 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland and were emceed by Turner Classic Movies’ Ben Mankiewicz. Over the years, the ASC has predicted 132 of the 165 Oscar nominees (80%), including four of this year’s contenders. One of those Academy Awards hopefuls won here: Lukasz Zal for the black-and-white “Cold War,” Poland’s entry in the Foreign Language Film race. However the guild has only previewed 14 of the last 32 winners of the Oscar for Best Cinematography for a success rate of just 44%.

Zal edged out three of his rivals at the Oscars — frontrunner Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma,” Matthew Libatique for “A Star Is Born” and Robbie Ryan for “The Favourite” — as well as and Linus Sandgren for “First Man.” Sandgren was snubbed by the cinematographers branch of the academy in favor of Caleb Deschanel for “Never Look Away.”

The Spotlight Award, which honors films screened at festivals, internationally, or in limited release, went to Giorgi Shvelidze for the Georgian film “Namme.”

The ASC also hands out prizes for episodes of series on both commercial and non-commercial television as well as in the combined category of telefilms, limited series and pilots. Netflix’s “The Crown” won again for Best Non-Commercial Television for its second season episode “Beryl.” Freeform’s “Beyond” took the Commercial Television prize for its second season opener “Two Zero On,” and Showtime’s “Patrick Melrose” snagged the TV Movie/Limited Series/Pilot award.

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