Wednesday, January 8, 2014

American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and Costume Designers Guild Announce their Nominations!

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) saw that there was so much great cinematography this year, they decided to nominate seven films.  This is the first Guild Award to slight American Hustle, a film nominated at every Guild so far (including costume below).  Since this list will only have five nominees at the Oscars, it will be interesting to see which films get left off the list, my guess is The Grandmaster, and either Nebraska or Prisoners.  I think the biggest surprise is the snub of Rush, which many are predicting will get an Oscar nomination.  I think Rush still has a shot, but without Guild support it could be lost in the shuffle.

ASC Nominations 

• Sean Bobbitt, BSC for 12 Years a Slave
• Barry Ackroyd, BSC for Captain Phillips
• Philippe Le Sourd for The Grandmaster
• Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC for Gravity
• Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC for Inside Llewyn Davis
• Phedon Papamichael, ASC for Nebraska
• Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for Prisoners

The Costume Design Guild Award nominations breakdown films, but type, while the Oscars do not.  The Oscars are generally dominated by Period, and Fantasy nominees with rare exceptions of contemporary films making the cut in the past like The Devil Wears Prada.  I think if you replace Dallas Buyer's Club with Oz: The Great and Powerful those will be the nominees this year, although Her should get into this category, the costumes were fantastic.

Costume Guild Award Nominations

Excellence in Contemporary Film
Blue Jasmine – Suzy Benzinger
Her – Casey Storm
Nebraska – Wendy Chuck
Philomena – Consolata Boyle
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty- Sarah Edwards
Excellence in Period Film 
12 Years a Slave – Patricia Norris
American Hustle – Michael Wilkinson
Dallas Buyers Club – Kurt & Bart
The Great Gatsby – Catherine Martin
Saving Mr. Banks – Daniel Orlandi

Excellence in Fantasy Film 
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor, Bob Buck
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Trish Summerville
Oz: The Great and Powerful – Gary Jones, Michael Kutsche

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