Mank wins an award from the American Society of Cinematographers


LOS ANGELES (April 18, 2021) The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) presented its annual award at a virtual ceremony today, with Eric Messerschmidt, ASC winning first prize in a feature film by Manke. ASC’s 35th Outstanding Achievement Awards also recognized Aurélien Marra for two of us in the Spotlight Award category, and Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw for the documentary The Truffle Hunters. Among the television category winners is Steven Meisler for The Queen? s Gambit; Fabian Wagner, ASC, BSC for The Crown; John Goffin, ASC for Motherland: Fort Salem; Buzz Edwin on The Mandalorian. Ben Mankiewicz hosted TCM an award show that was broadcast live from the historic ASC Club in Hollywood.

Here is the complete list of winners and nominees:

Feature Award – Submitted by Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC, CBE, and James Deakins
-Erik Messerschmidt, ASC for Mank – winner
-Phedon Papamichael, ASC, GSC for Chicago Trial 7
– Joshua James Richards in Nomadland
– Newton Thomas Siegel, ASC for Cherry
– Dariush Volski, ASC for News of the World
(Class sponsored by Keslow Camera)

Spotlight Award Category – Submitted by Matthew Libatique, ASC
-Katelin Arizmendi for Swallow
-Oreline Mara for Two of Us – Winner
-Andrei Naidnov, dear comrades!
(Class sponsored by Panavision)

Documentary Category – Submitted by Eileen Corras, ASC
-Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw for The Truffle Hunters – Winner
– Victor Kusakovsky and Gil Haskegold Larsen on Gonda
– Gianfranco Rosi, on Notorno
(Class sponsored by Canon USA)

Motion Picture / Limited Series / Pilot Made for Television – Submitted by Polly Morgan, ASC, BSC
– Martin Algren, ASC at The Plot Against America, Part 6?
– Annette Helmick, for “The Great”, “The Magnificent”?
Gonzal House on Fargo, home of civilization?
Stephen Meisler, for The Queen? s maneuver,? game over? – the winner
– Gregory Middleton, ASC, CSC rangers ,? This extraordinary object?
(A category sponsored by RED Digital Cinema)

Episode of Noncommercial TV Series – Presented by Paul Cameron, ASC
-Kane Glass for Lucifer, Does It Never End Well for Chicken?
– Adriano Goldman, ASC, ABC, BSC, for The Crown ,? Fairytale?
– David Green, ASC, CSC for Impulse ,? The Moroi?
M. David Mullen, ASC, on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “It’s a comic or a wrap?
-Fabian Wagner, ASC, BSC for The Crown ,? Imbroglio? – the winner
(Class sponsored by Panavision)

Episode of a Commercial TV Series – Presented by James Whitaker, ASC
-Marshal Adams, ASC for Better Call Saul ,? Bagman?
Carlos Catalan to kill Eve, do you have a biscuit?
– François Dageny, CSC for the Blue Book Project, Area 51?
– John Goffin, ASC, on Motherland: Fort Salem ,? Up is Down? – the winner
C. Kim Miles, ASC, CSC, MySC for the Blue Book Project ,? Mainbrace process?
(Class sponsored by FotoKem)

Half-hour TV episode hosted by ASC Keira Kelly
-Ava Berkowski for Insecure ,? Lowkey lost?
-Greg Fraser, ASC, ACS for The Mandalorian ,? Chapter 1: The Mandalorian?
Buzz Edwin The Mandalorian Chapter 13: The Jedi? – the winner
– Matthew Jensen, ASC at The Mandalorian ,? Chapter 15: The Believer?
– Jas Shelton, for “Giant”
(Category is sponsored by ARRI Inc.)

Goffin and Wagner are the only former ASC winners. Joffin won the ASC Award for Beyond (2019) and earned nominations for Alice (2011) and The Andromeda Strain (2009). Wagner received the 1st ASC Television Award for Game of Thrones (2017) and received two additional nominations for his work on the show (2015, 2016).

Writer, producer and director Sophia Coppola is also awarded the ASC Board of Directors Award by Ed Lachman, ASC and Philippe Le Sourd, ASC, AFC. The award recognizes Coppola’s important and indelible contributions to cinema. It is the only ASC Award not given to a cinematographer and is intended for filmmakers who have been champions of the visual art form. This year, the award is presented sponsored by Picture Shop.

The winner in the ASC feature film last year was Roger Deakins, CBE, ASC, BSC of 1917, who won the Oscar® for Best Achievement in Cinematography.

For more information about the ASC Awards, visit the ASC website at

About the American Society of Photographers
The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the art of filmmaking. Since its charter in 1919, ASC has committed to educating aspiring filmmakers and others about the art and craft of cinematography. For additional information about ASC, visit or join American Cinematographer on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (the_asc) and (american_cinematographer).

Link to ASC Awards photos here.
(Note: Pictures from the event night will be updated as soon as they are available.)

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