Batman Begins (Wally Pfister), "Brokeback Mountain" (Rodrigo Prieto), "Good Night, And Good Luck" (Robert Elswit), "King Kong" (Andrew Lesnie) and "Memoirs of a Geisha" (Dion Beebe) are nominees in the feature film competition of the 20th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievements Awards. The winner will be named during the ASC Awards gala on February 26 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
"The five finalists were nominated by their peers who believe that their artful and seamless cinematography contributed to the success of these compelling movies," says Russ Alsobrook, ASC who chairs the organization's Awards Committee.
The finalists were nominated for studio and independent films in genres ranging from action adventure to drama. The nominees are natives of the United States, Australia and Mexico.
This is the third ASC Award nomination for Lesnie, who was previously recognized for "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" in 2002 and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" in 2004. Prieto was nominated for "Frida" in 2003. Beebe was nominated for "Collateral" last year. It's the first ASC nominations for Pfister and Elswit.
ASC was founded in 1919. There are currently 285 members, and 145 associate members working in ancillary sectors of the industry.
Source: American Society of Cinematographers
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