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Emmanuel Lubezki Takes Top Honor at ASC Awards for ‘The Revenant’

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Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (“The Revenant”) made history Sunday night, when he became the first person to win five awards with the American Society of Cinematographers. It was his third consecutive win. He previously won for “Children of Men,” “Tree of Life,” “Gravity,” and “Birdman.”

Lubezki’s win followed on the heels of a big win at the BAFTAs for best cinematography. Should he win at the Oscars (as many expect him to), he would be the first person to win the award in three consecutive years. At the ceremony, Lubezki thanked his director, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, who also made history recently for his second DGA Award in two years.

During the ASC Awards, Ridley Scott was presented with the Board of Governors Award. Although he was not on hand to accept the award, actress Geena Davis accepted on his behalf. Lowell Peterson won the Career Achievement in Television Award. Peterson is known for shows such as “Desperate Housewives” and “Jane the Virgin.” The Presidents Award went to Bill Bennett (“The Car Guy”) for his work in television commercials. John Toll (“Legends of the Fall,” “Braveheart”) received the Liftetime Achievement Award.

Other ASC winners are as follows: Pierre Gill (“Casanova” pilot) for Television Movie, Miniseries or Pilot; Vanja Černjul (“Marco Polo,” ‘The Fourth Step’) for TV series; and Adam Arkapaw (“Macbeth”) and Mátyás Erdély (“Son of Saul”) who tied for the Spotlight Award.

Lubezki won in the Theatrical Release category for his work on “The Revenant.” The film follows Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), a 19th century frontiersman who is left for dead following a bear attack. He seeks revenge on the man who left him to die.

The film is making the rounds this awards season. It is nominated for 12 Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards. Lubezki, as well as Iñárritu and DiCaprio, are favorites to win in their categories.

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Written by Lauren Huff

Lauren Huff is a film and awards geek. When she's not writing about film and the industry, she's drinking coffee, reading mystery novels or hanging out with her husband and stinking-cute puppy. She's reported from the red carpets of Austin Film Festival, SXSW and various film premieres. Her work has appeared in several outlets, including Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, Us Weekly and more.

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