ALEXA shines at 27th ASC awards

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC claimed top honors in the feature film category at the 27th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for Outstanding Achievement, which was held Feb. 10 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. SKYFALL was the first production to capture on ALEXA Studio cameras; the project also employed ALEXA Plus and M models supplied by ARRI Media in London.

Deakins was unable to attend the ceremony due to filming out of town. His wife James accepted the honor on his behalf, sharing the award with the dedicated crew of SKYFALL. He previously won ASC Awards for THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1995) and THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE (2002). His other ASC nominations include FARGO (1997), KUNDUN (1998), O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? (2001), NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2008), THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD (2008), REVOLUTIONARY ROAD (2009), THE READER (2009), and TRUE GRIT (2011). He also received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

Balazs Bolygo, HSC (Cinemax’s HUNTED) and Kramer Morgenthau, ASC (HBO’s GAME OF THRONES) had tied for the Outstanding Achievement Award in the one-hour television category. This is the first tie in ASC Awards history. Bolygo, a first-time ASC nominee, won for the “Mort” episode of HUNTED. He shot the winning episode using ALEXAs as well as an Arri 435 with shift and tilt lenses for the flashback sequences. 

This is the first win for Morgenthau, who has been previously nominated for THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN (2005), LIFE ON MARS (2009) and BOARDWALK EMPIRE (2011). The award was for the GAME OF THRONES episode “The North Remembers,” which Morgenthau captured on ALEXA. The episode shot in Ireland with equipment serviced by ARRI Media and ARRI Lighting Rental. The DP thanked HBO for "setting the bar so high and allowing me to do cinematic work in a television medium."

Other nominees in the one-hour television episodic series category were Christopher Manley, ASC for AMC’s MAD MEN (“The Phantom”), David Moxness, CSC for FOX’s FRINGE (“Letters of Transit”), Mike Spragg for Cinemax’s STRIKE BACK (Episode 11) and David Stockton, ASC for FOX’s ALCATRAZ (Pilot).

Oscar®-nominee Mary McDonnell presented the Television Movie/Miniseries Award to first-time ASC nominee Florian Hoffmeister for the PBS Masterpiece presentation of GREAT EXPECTATIONS. 
The DP captured his work on ALEXA, employing a ProRes Log C workflow. Nominated along with Hoffmeister were Michael Goi, ASC for FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM (“I am Anne Frank: Part 2”), Arthur Reinhart for History Channel’s HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, and Rogier Stoffers, ASC for HBO’s HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN.

TWO BROKE GIRLS’ Matthew Moy presented the half-hour television category award to Bradford Lipson, who was a first-time ASC nominee for the “Truth” episode of WILFRED. Nominated alongside Lipson were Ken Glassing for FOX’s BEN AND KATE (“Guitar Face”), Goi for NBC’s THE NEW NORMAL (“Pilot”), Peter Levy, ASC for Showtime’s HOUSE OF LIES (“Gods of Dangerous Financial Instruments”), and Michael Price for ABC’s HAPPY ENDINGS (“Four Weddings and a Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and One Funeral)").

Oscar®-winner Angelina Jolie presented the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award to Dean Semler, ASC, ACS who earned an Oscar® and an ASC Award for Kevin Costner’s DANCES WITH WOLVES (1991). In 2007, his work on Mel Gibson’s APOCALYPTO earned him a second ASC Award nomination. Semler’s nearly 70 feature credits include such memorable films as CITY SLICKERS, LAST ACTION HERO, WATERWORLD, THE BONE COLLECTOR, WE WERE SOLDIERS, XXX, BRUCE ALMIGHTY, THE ALAMO, GET SMART, 2012, DATE NIGHT, SECRETARIAT, Jolie’s directorial debut IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY, PARENTAL GUIDANCE, and the upcoming MALEFICENT captured on ALEXAs supplied by Panavision.

The ASC International Award was presented to Robby Müller, NSC, BVK by director Steve McQueen and actress Nastassja Kinski who worked with him on the film PARIS, TEXAS. The Career Achievement in Television Award was presented to Rodney Charters, ASC, CSC (24) by Sir Robert Harvey, mayor of Waitakere City in New Zealand. Charters is currently filming SHAMELESS with ALEXA. The ASC Presidents Award was given to Curtis Clark, ASC (THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT) by Stephen Burum, ASC. 

ARRI congratulates all of this year’s winners and nominees.