American Society of Cinematographers Give ‘The Tree of Life’ Some Love with 2012 Nominations

The American Society of Cinematographers has announced their annual nominations and they include a few films that have been ignored by most of the other guild awards. The favorite this year is Emmanuel Lubezki whose film, The Tree of Life, has been snubbed by groups like the Producers Guild and the Directors Guild. Lubezki leads among critics awards and this is his third nominations from the ASC.

The other cinematographer who gets a boost is Hoyte van Hoytema of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Despite the fact that his film has been ignored by other major guild groups, Hoytema earns his first nomination from the ASC. The other, less surprising nominees were Guillame Schiffman of The Artist, Jeff Cronenwerth of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Robert Richardson of Hugo.

These five are likely to line up pretty closely with the Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography. The one potential spoiler I see is Janusz Kaminski’s work in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse. The guilds have surprisingly neglected Spielberg’s World War I film, which might indicate that it is not being as well-received by the Academy as some predicted. If War Horse gets in, it seems like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy would be the one on the outside.

One more time, here are the nominations courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter:

American Society of Cinematographers
Award Nominations 2012

Guillame Schiffman, The Artist
Jeff Cronenwerth, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Robert Richardson, Hugo
Hoyte van Hoytema, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life

The winners will be announced on February 12, 2012.

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  • This is actually the first ‘War Horse’ snub that leaves me genuinely disappointed. The effortless camerawork – and, considering the film’s general aping of John Ford, the perfect lighting – was the strongest asset to that movie.

    I am really happy about the ‘Tinker Tailor’ inclusion though. I don’t think any other movie this year did so great a job of evoking a sense of time & place via its photography & production design.

  • Genadijus

    There 5 movies exactly shows the best cinematography of the year. So lucky for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”.

  • i was really impressed by War Horse, i saw it last night but still these nominees are perfect!!!

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