ASC Nominations 2020 Announced: Cinematographers Choices Include ‘1917’ and ‘Joker’

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The American Society of Cinematographers announced their nominations for their 2020 awards, the group’s 34th annual show.

The nominations are:

  • Roger Deakins, “1917” (Universal Pictures)
  • Phedon Papamichael, “Ford v Ferrari” (20th Century Fox)
  • Rodrigo Prieto, “The Irishman” (Netflix)
  • Robert Richardson, “Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood” (Sony Pictures)
  • Lawrence Sher, “Joker” (Warner Bros.)

Many pundits, including many of the staffers here at AwardsCircuit have felt this is the “standard five” picks for the category and very well might be what the Oscar lineup looks like but it’s never that simple.

Some notable omissions included “Jojo Rabbit,” “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” “A Hidden Life,” and “Motherless Brooklyn.” Many of these are still very much in the thick of the awards race and could present a formidable threat to one or two of the ASC nominees.

Since its initial screening in November, “1917” has been the frontrunner for this award, with career best work from Oscar-winner Roger Deakins, and paired with Rodrigo Prieto’s work in “The Irishman,” the two seem like safe bets.

The ASC also announced the nomination for its Spotlight Award, which was first handed out in 2014, and focuses on films that have had limited releases.

The three nominees are:

  • Jarin Blaschke, “The Lighthouse” (A24)
  • Natasha Braier, “Honey Boy” (Amazon Studios)
  • Jasper Wolf, “Monos” (NEON)

Five of the last ten winners of the ASC have gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Deakins won the Oscar for “Blade Runner 2049” while Richardson has three Oscars to his name for “JFK,” “The Aviator,” and “Hugo.”

Papamichael has just one nomination to his credit for “Nebraska” while Prieto has been nominated twice, “Brokeback Mountain” and “Silence,” both of which he should have won for in their respective years.

Sher has never been nominated.

ASC awards will take place on Jan. 25.

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