The 33rd ASC Awards gala took place February 9 in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland, with Ben Mankiewicz from TCM taking his second turn as host. Claiming the coveted Theatrical Award for best cinematography in a motion picture, Łukasz Żal, PSC took home the American Society of Cinematographers Award for his work on “Cold War.” The black-and-white drama using Academy aspect ratio was captured on the ALEXA XT with ARRI/Zeiss Ultra Primes. The award was accepted on his behalf by camera operator Ernest Wilczyński. This was Żal’s second win. He previously earned a Spotlight Award for his co-cinematography duties with Ryszard Lenczewsk on “Ida.”
Giorgi Shvelidze took the Spotlight Award for “Namme,” a period film from the country of Georgia that was captured on ALEXA. The Spotlight Award – co-presented by George Tillman Jr., who produced the Oscar®-nominated “Mudbound” and directed this year’s “The Hate U Give” – recognizes cinematography in smaller features that may not receive wider theatrical release or awareness. Shvelidze thanked the ASC for recognizing such a small film and expressed his gratitude to his family and director Zaza Khalvashi.
In the TV categories, winners included Jon Joffin, ASC for “Beyond” (Commercial TV); James Friend, BSC for “Patrick Melrose” (Motion Picture, Miniseries, or Pilot for TV), and Adriano Goldman, ASC, ABC, BSC for “The Crown” (Non-Commercial TV). “Beyond” and “Patrick Melrose” were shot on ALEXA.
The ASC Bud Stone Award of Distinction was given to Professor Franz Kraus, long-time Executive Board Member and now member of the Supervisory Board of ARRI. This award is presented to an ASC Associate Member who has demonstrated extraordinary service to the society and has made a significant contribution to the motion-picture industry. ASC President Kees van Oostrum presented the award saying, “His tenacity and commitment eventually allowed him to spearhead the creation of a tool with the ARRI ALEXA that deeply touches and inspires everyone in this room tonight.”