Oscars: “Tree of Life” cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki prevails with ASC – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Emmanuel Lubezki (“The Tree of Life”), Jonathan Freeman (“Boardwalk Empire”), Michael Weaver (“Californication”) and Martin Ruhe (PBS’ “Page Eight”) claimed top honors in the four competitive categories at the 26th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration, which was held in Los Angeles on Sunday night at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom.

The ASC Award for best feature was presented by award-winning actor Antonio Banderas who noted, “As I have found in my career on both sides of the camera, filmmaking at its core is about telling stories with images.”

Lubezki previously won the ASC Award in 2007 for his brilliant work on Alfonso Cuaron’s “Children of Men.” He also was nominated in 2000 for Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow.”

He topped the other nominees in the feature film category, which were Guillaume Schiffman (“The Artist”), Jeff Cronenweth (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”), Robert Richardson (“Hugo”), and Hoyte van Hoytema (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”).

Later in the evening, Oscar-nominee Matthew Libatique presented the ASC Board of Governors Award to Harrison Ford in recognition of his tremendous body of work and contributions to the art of filmmaking.

Lubezki’s win Sunday night bodes well for his Oscar chances. Last year, Wally Pfister won the ASC feature film award for “Inception,” then went on to take home the Oscar as well. If Lubezki prevails on Feb. 26, he can say his journey began when he picked up the Hollywood Cinematographer Award, presented by Ben Affleck, at the Hollywood Film Awards gala … the official start of the Oscar season!

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