ASC Awards: ‘Cold War’ Tops the Cinematographers Feature Competition


Lukasz Zal’s moody black and white rendering of Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War won the feature competition at the 33rd American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards on Saturday at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.


The work topped a field of nominees that included another black-and-white nominee, director Alfonso Cuaron’s cinematography for Roma; Matty Libatique for A Star Is Born; Robbie Ryan for The Favourite and Linus Sandgren for First Man.


Cuaron, Libatique, Ryan and Zal are also nominated for the cinematography Oscar, alongside Caleb Deschanel for Never Look Away. In six of the past 10 years, the winner of the ASC feature competition went on to win the Oscar in cinematography.


Zac’s work on Cold War was also recent honored by cinematographers at international cinematography festival Camerimage, where it won the Silver Frog. (The Bronze Frog was presented to Roma, the Golden Frog was awarded to 2017’s The Fortress.) Zal previously won an ASC Award in the Spotlight Award category and earned his first Academy Award nomination for Cold War director Pawlikowski’s Ida.

Polish cinematographer Zal, 37, was working and unable to attend the ASC ceremony, his camera operator read a statement from the DP, thanking the ASC, saying “it’s an honor to find myself among great cinematographers like yourselves.”


During the ceremony, which also marked the society’s centennial, three-time Oscar winning cinematographer Robert Richardson (JFK, The Aviator and Hugo) was presented the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award by his longtime collaborator, Quentin Tarantino.

The list of winners is below.

Theatrical Release
Łukasz Żal, PSC for Cold War

Motion Picture, Miniseries or Pilot Made for Television
James Friend, BSC for Patrick Melrose, “Bad News”

Episode of a Series for Non-Commercial Television

Adriano Goldman, ASC, ABC for The Crown, “Beryl”

Episode of a Series for Commercial Television
Jon Joffin, ASC for Beyond, “Two Zero One”

Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert Richardson, ASC

Board of Governors Award
Jeff Bridges

Career Achievement in Television Award
Jeff Jur, ASC

Spotlight Award
Giorgi Shvelidze for Namme

Bud Stone Award
Franz Kraus

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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