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Cinematographers Pick Five Nominees, True Grit In, Fighter Out

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 11, 2011 at 6:20AM

The American Society of Cinematographers nominees are revealing. Again, the group is rewarding movies that are big and visual:
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The American Society of Cinematographers nominees are revealing. Again, the group is rewarding movies that are big and visual:

Matthew Libatique, “Black Swan”
Wally Pfister, “Inception”
Danny Cohen, “The King’s Speech”
Jeff Cronenweth, “The Social Network”
Roger Deakins, “True Grit” (pictured)

While the Directors Guild left out True Grit, this group includes the western along with the DGA's four films. Thus frequent Coens collaborator Deakins--who is highly regarded and has often been nominated by the ASC and the Oscars twice in one year, thus splitting the vote--got in and The Fighter, which was favored by the DGA, did not. Deakins has been nominated for eight Oscars and never won. He could win this year. Talking heads movies like The Kids Are All Right would tend not to be honored by this gang.

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Production , Oscars, Coens


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.