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Revenant, Sicario among ASC nominees for best cinematography

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Kimberley French

The path to Oscar often navigates through the selections of the industry guilds, and the American Society of Cinematographers has chimed in, lauding five prolific filmmakers. Roger Deakins, who’s yet to win an Oscar despite 12 nominations, was rewarded for his work on Sicario, joining Janusz Kaminski (Bridge of Spies), Ed Lachman (Carol), four-time ASC winner Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant), and John Seale (Mad Max: Fury Road).

“Each of the nominated films represents a different genre and a masterfully distinct visual style,” notes ASC Awards chairman Daryn Okada. “We look forward to celebrating the extraordinary accomplishments of these nominees in February.”

The winner will be announced Feb. 14 at the 30th ASC Awards ceremony.

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Although Deakins has never won an Oscar, he won an ASC prize for Skyfall, one of his 14 career ASC nominations. That’s one more victory than Kaminski, who’s never won the top ASC honor despite six carer nominations that include his work on Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s ListLachman has been nominated twice before, both times for his collaborations with director Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven and Mildred Pierce).

Lubezki has dominated the category in recent years, winning the ASC Award for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Gravity, The Tree of Life, and Children of MenSeale won for The English Patient, and was also nominated for Cold Mountain, The Perfect Storm, and Rain Man.

Missing from the list of nominees was three-time Oscar winner Robert Richardson (The Aviator), who lensed The Hateful Eight.