ASC Announces 2016 Theatrical Release and Spotlight Awards Nominees

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The coveted ASC Award trophy.

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced its Theatrical Release and Spotlight nominees for the 31st annual Outstanding Achievement Awards.

“Each of the nominated films offers a unique vision on the part of the director of photography,” said Kees van Oostrum, ASC President. “These movies also represent a less formulaic or traditional photographic style, and some of their stories highlight socially conscious subject matter that drives a strong surge in photographic realism.”

Introduced by Society vice-president Bill Bennett, ASC, former ASC president Richard Crudo  presented the nominations in these two categories before a luncheon held on January 11 at the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood.

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Former ASC president Richard Crudo made the announcement at the Clubhouse.


2016 ASC Spotlight Award Nominees


The Spotlight Award was created to recognize outstanding cinematography in a feature-length film that was exhibited in limited release, at film festivals or internationally.

Lol Crawley, BSC for Childhood Of A Leader

Gorka Gomez Andreu, AEC for House Of Others

Ernesto Pardo for Tempestad

Juliette van Dormael for Mon Ange (My Angel)


2016 ASC Award Theatrical Nominees


Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS for Lion

James Laxton for Moonlight

Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC for Silence

Linus Sandgren, FSF for La La Land

Bradford Young, ASC for Arrival

This announcement event was recorded via Facebook Live and will be the subject of a brief video to be posted shortly.

This is Prieto’s third ASC nomination. He was previously recognized by the organization for his work on Frida (2003) and Brokeback Mountain (2006). The remaining nominees are first-time contenders.

In 2016, Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC took home the ASC Theatrical Award for “The Revenant,” and the Spotlight prize was a tie between Adam Arkapaw and Mátyás Erdély for Macbeth and Son of Saul, respectively.

The 31st annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards will be held on February 4, 2017, during a ceremony held at Hollywood & Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom.

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