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“The Lighthouse” Claims Spotlight Award and “Honeyland” Takes Home Inaugural Documentary Award; “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Terror: Infamy,” and “Project Blue Book” Win TV Categories

LOS ANGELES (January 25, 2020) – The Theatrical Award for best cinematography in a motion picture went to Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for “1917” at tonight’s 34th American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards. Jarin Blaschke took the Spotlight Award for “The Lighthouse,” and Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma won the inaugural Documentary Award for “Honeyland.” In the TV categories, winners included Colin Watkinson, ASC, BSC for “The Handmaid’s Tale;” John Conroy, ISC for “The Terror: Infamy;” and C. Kim Miles, CSC, MySC for “Project Blue Book.” TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz hosted the awards gala, which was held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

Below is the complete list of winners and nominees:

Theatrical Release Category – presented by Diane Lane

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC – “1917” -- WINNER

Phedon Papamichael, ASC, GSC – “Ford v Ferrari”

Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC – “The Irishman”

Robert Richardson, ASC – “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Lawrence Sher, ASC – “Joker”


Spotlight Award Category – presented by Bartosz Bielenia

Jarin Blaschke – “The Lighthouse” - WINNER

Natasha Braier, ASC, ADF – “Honey Boy”

Jasper Wolf, NSC – “Monos”


Documentary Category – presented by Todd Phillips

Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma – “Honeyland” - WINNER

Nicholas de Pencier – “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch”

Evangelia Kranioti – “Obscuro Barroco”


Episode of a Series for Non-Commercial Television – presented by Emily Deschanel

David Luther – “Das Boot,” Gegen die Zeit (episode 6)

M. David Mullen, ASC – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Simone

Chris Seager, BSC – “Carnival Row,” Grieve No More

Brendan Steacy, CSC – “Titans,” Dick Grayson

Colin Watkinson, ASC, BSC – “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Night - WINNER


Episode of a Series for Commercial Television – presented by Jane Lynch

Dana Gonzales, ASC – “Legion,” Chapter 20

C. Kim Miles, CSC, MySC – “Project Blue Book,” The Flatwoods Monster - WINNER

Polly Morgan, ASC, BSC – “Legion,” Chapter 23

Peter Robertson, ISC – “Vikings,” Hell

David Stockton, ASC – “Gotham,” Ace Chemicals


Motion Picture, Miniseries, or Pilot Made for Television – presented by Michael McKean

John Conroy, ISC – “The Terror: Infamy,” A Sparrow in a Swallow’s Nest - WINNER

P.J. Dillon, ISC – “The Rook,” Chapter 1

Chris Manley, ASC – “Doom Patrol,” pilot

Martin Ruhe, ASC – “Catch-22,” Episode 5

Craig Wrobleski, CSC – “The Twilight Zone,” Blurryman


With the exception of Deakins, all of the awards were handed out to first-time winners. Deakins collected the top honor last year for “Blade Runner 2049” and previously for “Skyfall,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” and “The Shawshank Redemption.”

Honorary awards were also presented, including:

The ASC Board of Governors Award was given to Werner Herzog by Paul Holdengräber, interviewer-curator-writer and executive director of the Onassis Foundation. The award recognizes Herzog’s significant and indelible contributions to cinema. It is the only ASC Award not given to a cinematographer and is reserved for filmmakers who have been champions of the visual art form.

The ASC Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Frederick Elmes, ASC by writer-director Lisa Cholodenko. The duo collaborated on the Emmy-winning “Olive Kittridge.”

The ASC Career Achievement in Television Award was handed out to Donald A. Morgan, ASC by actor Tim Allen. The two work together on the award-winning “Last Man Standing,” and previously collaborated on “Home Improvement.”

The International Award was bestowed upon Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC by writer-director Joel Coen. The duo has joined forces on several films, including the Oscar-nominated “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”

This year’s President’s Award went to Don McCuaig, ASC. It was given to him by longtime friend and actor-stuntman Mickey Gilbert.

The ASC Bud Stone Award of Distinction was given to Kim Snyder, president and CEO of Panavision. This award is presented to an ASC Associate Member who has demonstrated extraordinary service to the society and/or has made a significant contribution to the motion-picture industry.
For more information regarding the ASC Awards, visit the ASC website at www.theasc.com.

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