The 32nd American Society of Cinematographers Awards will take place on Saturday, February 17th, 2018.
As I have been doing for a few years, as we get into the awards season, I’ll post the fictional ballots for some of the guild awards, showing what my vote would be if I had one. I will, as a rule, abstain from my fictional vote if I haven’t seen at least half of the nominees. And to be perfectly clear, I’m not a member of any of these guilds and organizations.
The list of nominees can be seen here.
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography – Spotlight Award: Máté Herbai, for On Body and Soul
The lighting in On Body and Soul is deceptively simple; the framing is very expressive and rich. (Not seen: November.)
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography – Theatrical Release: Roger Deakins, for Blade Runner 2049
Blade Runner 2049 is the most visually astonishing film of the year. A good part of it is due to the production design and visual effects, but those things would not work without the lensing of Deakins: his framing is beautiful, and his lighting is dramatic, colorful. (Not seen: Mudbound.)