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Roger Deakins will go down in history as one of the greatest cinematographers of all time. A part of the film industry since the mid-70s, he's probably best known for his work with the Coen brothers, making movies like Fargo, O' Brother Where Art Thou, Barton Fink, No Country For Old Men and, most recently, True Grit, but his artistry can also be seen in amazing movies like The Shawshank Redemption and A Beautiful Mind. The tragedy, however, is that he's never been properly recognized for his stunning work. Over the course of his career he's been nominated for nine Academy Awards, beginning in 1994 with Shawshank, but each time has gone home empty handed. And while nominations for the 2012 Oscars won't be announced until early tomorrow morning, if the American Society Of Cinematographers list of nominees is any indication it looks like he will soon be getting another chance at Hollywood's biggest honor.
Deadline has revealed this year's list of films up for the ASC Award's annual prize, and in addition to Deakins - who is up for his absolutely stunning work in Sam Mendes' Bond film Skyfall - the other nominees include Seamus McGarvey for Joe Wright's Anna Karenina, Danny Cohen for Tom Hooper's Les Miserables, Claudio Miranda for Ang Lee's Life of Pi, and Janusz Kaminski for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. Proving that it's a collection of some of the best filmmakers in the field, each of the names mentioned have been up for the prize before, with Deakins leading the pack with 11 previous nods (though he's actually won this one three times, including a lifetime achievement award. Kaminski has been nominated the second most time with five, while the other three have all been up for the prize once before.
Said ASC President Stephen Lighthill in a statement about the announcement, "The films our members have nominated are visually distinctive, and very diverse: a theatrical epic, a grand musical, an imaginative 3-D fable, a sweeping biographical drama, and a stylish spy thriller. What they all have in common is that each project’s cinematographer contributed captivating visuals that enhanced and elevated the storytelling."
Skyfall may be seen by some as just another silly blockbuster action movie, but the truth is that it really was one of the most beautiful films to be released in 2012, the Shanghai sequence alone deserving tons of recognition. But do you think that he deserves the top prize from the ASC? Let us know the comments section below!