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“Inception” cinematog Wally Pfister takes home ASC prize

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Christopher Nolan’s frequent collaborator, Wally Pfister, collected the feature-film prize at the 25th annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards for his work on last summer’s blockbuster sensation “Inception.” The even was held Sunday night at the Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom.

This was the Pfister’s third nomination, after “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight,” according to THR. Pfister topped Matthew Libatique for “Black Swan;” Danny Cohen for “The King’s Speech;” Jeff Cronenweth for “The Social Network;” and Roger Deakins for “True Grit.”

Deakins still had a good weekend. He won the BAFTA for cinematography, and received the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award from Joel Coen during Sunday’s ceremony. Unfortunately, Deakins has yet to claim the Academy Award for cinematography, having been nominated nine times for such films as “Fargo,” “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” and the Best Picture-winning “No Country for Old Men.”

Deakins joked that a lifetime achievement award was “a little premature. … I’m not about to retire. I love cinematography as much as I ever have,” THR writes.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • OST
    February 14, 2011 | Permalink |

    This was such a great film. The writing was unbelievable

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