Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS won the feature film award for Dune: Part One at the 36th American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards. The event also celebrated Pat Scola for Pig in the Spotlight Award category, and Jessica Beshir for the documentary Faya Dayi.
Winners in the episodic categories included James Laxton, ASC for The Underground Railroad; Jon Joffin, ASC for Titan; Tommy Maddox-Upshaw, ASC for Snowfall; and Michael Berlucchi and Marc Carter for Mythic Quest. Debbie Allen hosted the awards show, which was held at the historic ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood.
This is the second ASC feature award for Fraser, who won in 2017 for Lion. Fraser was also nominated in 2021 for The Mandalorian. Joffin won last year for Motherland: Fort Salem and in 2019 for Beyond. He has also earned nominations for Alice (2011) and The Andromeda Strain (2009). Laxton was previously nominated in 2017 in the feature category for Moonlight.
Last year’s ASC feature film winner was Erik Messerschmidt, ASC, who went on to win the Oscar for Best Achievement in Cinematography for Mank.
Honorary awards were also presented at the ceremony with Ellen Kuras, ASC, becoming the first woman to receive the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented to Kuras by Rachel Morrison, ASC, who Oscar nominated for Mudbound in the Cinematography category. Peter Levy, ASC, ACS (Predator 2, Californication) received the Career Achievement in Television Award from his longtime collaborator director Stephen Hopkins.Rebecca Rhine and Amy Vincent, ASC presented John Lindley, ASC (Field of Dreams, St. Vincent) with the ASC Presidents Award.
The inaugural Curtis Clark Technical Achievement Award was given to Panavision’s Vice President of Optical Engineering and Lens Strategy Dan Sasaki by ASC associate member Jay Holben, who is also a technical editorial for American Cinematographer.
For more information regarding the ASC Awards, including a complete list of nominees and winners, visit the ASC website at www.theasc.com.