Cold War took home the Best Feature Award at the 33rd American Society of Cinematographers Awards at a ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland this weekend. 

Łukasz Żal, PSC took the award with Giorgi Shvelidze winning the Spotlight Award for Namme.

In the TV categories, winners included Adriano Goldman, ASC, ABC, BSC for The Crown; Jon Joffin, ASC for Beyond; and James Friend, BSC for Patrick Melrose.


This is Żal’s second win. He previously earned a Spotlight Award for his co-cinematography duties with Ryszard Lenczewsk on Ida. Goldman also won last year for The Crown. Shvelidze, Joffin and Friend are first-time winners.


The Spotlight Award – co-presented by George Tillman Jr., who produced the Oscar-nominated Mudbound and directed this year’s The Hate U Give – recognises cinematography in smaller features that may not receive wider theatrical release or awareness.


The complete list of winners and nominees


Theatrical Release Category (presented by John Bailey, ASC)

Alfonso Cuarón for “Roma”

Matthew Libatique, ASC for “A Star Is Born”

Robbie Ryan, BSC, ISC for “The Favourite”

Linus Sandgren, ASC, FSF for “First Man”

Łukasz Żal, PSC for “Cold War” – WINNER

Spotlight Award Category (presented by George Tillman Jr. and Ellen Kuras, ASC)

Joshua James Richards for “The Rider”

Giorgi Shvelidze for “Namme” – WINNER

Frank van den Eeden, NSC, SBC for “Girl”



Episode of a Series for Non-Commercial Television (presented by Lea Thompson)

Gonzalo Amat for “The Man in the High Castle” (Jahr Null)

Adriano Goldman, ASC, ABC, BSC for “The Crown” (Beryl) – WINNER

David Klein, ASC for “Homeland” (Paean to the People)

Colin Watkinson, ASC, BSC for “The Handmaid’s Tale” (The Word)

Cathal Watters, ISC for “Peaky Blinders” (The Company)

Zoë White, ACS for “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Holly)


Episode of a Series for Commercial Television (presented by Merrin Dungey)

Nathaniel Goodman, ASC for “Timeless” (The King of the Delta Blues)

Jon Joffin, ASC for “Beyond” (Two Zero One) – WINNER

Ben Richardson for “Yellowstone” (Daybreak)

David Stockton, ASC for “Gotham” (A Dark Knight: Queen Takes Knight)

Thomas Yatsko, ASC for “Damnation” (A Different Species)



Motion Picture, Miniseries, or Pilot Made for Television (presented by Thomas Lennon)

James Friend, BSC for “Patrick Melrose” (Bad News) – WINNER

Mathias Herndl, AAC for “Genius: Picasso” (Chapter 1)

Florian Hoffmeister, BSC for “The Terror” (Go for Broke)

M. David Mullen, ASC for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Pilot)

Brendan Steacy, CSC for “Alias Grace” (Part 1)



Honorary awards also handed out at the event included:


The ASC Board of Governors Award was presented to Jeff Bridges by actor-stuntman Loyd Catlett for his significant and indelible contributions to cinema. It is the only ASC Award not given to a cinematographer and is reserved for filmmakers who have been champions for directors of photography and the visual art form.

The ASC Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Robert Richardson, ASC and presented by frequent collaborator, writer-director Quentin Tarantino.

The ASC Career Achievement in Television Award was presented to Jeffrey Jur, ASC by director John Dahl.

The ASC Bud Stone Award of Distinction was given to Franz Kraus, managing director, ARRI Group. This award is presented to an ASC Associate Member who has demonstrated extraordinary service to the society and/or has made a significant contribution to the motion-picture industry. 

Jon Creamer

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