The American Society of Cinematographers has nominated “Concrete Night,” “The Immigrant” and “Under the Skin” for the Spotlight Award, an honor designed to bring attention to films whose main exposure has been through film festivals or limited theatrical release.
Last year’s Spotlight Award, the first ever given out by the ASC, went to Lucasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski for “Ida”; on Thursday, the two were nominated for an Oscar for that film.
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This year’s nominees are Peter Flinckenberg for “Concrete Night,” a stark black-and-white film that was Finland’s Oscar entry this year; Darius Khondji for James Gray’s period drama “The Immigrant”; and Daniel Landin for Jonathan Glazer’s moody sci-fi film “Under the Skin.”
The nominees were chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of ASC members.
“These nominees have created some of the more inspiring and imaginative visuals our members have seen recently,” says ASC Awards Chairman Lowell Peterson in a press release announcing the nominations. “We’re proud to recognize their innovative work, and we hope at the same time to raise the profile of these films, so more audiences have a chance to see their outstanding imagery.”
The award will be presented at the 29th Annual ASC Awards on Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century City, California.