"Mank" (2020) Cinematography by Erik Messerschmidt
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ASC Award Goes to ‘Mank’ and Erik Messerschmidt

If you thought the Best Cinematography race for this year’s Oscars was all sealed up, you might want to reconsider. 

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) handed out their wins today for the past year in film and television, including a big shock in their Theatrical Release category as they awarded Erik Messerschmidt for his work on Mank. For a while now, it seemed like the category was secured for Joshua James Richards and Nomadland, but things might be a little more rocky now with a possible upset in the works. In the meantime, Messerschmidt spoke to Joey here, so give that a listen.

For all of the ASC’s winners this year, see below:

Theatrical Release

Erik Messerschmidt – Mank 


Aurélien Marra – Two of Us 


Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw – The Truffle Hunters 

Motion Picture, Limited Series or Pilot Made for Television

Steven Meizler – “The Queen’s Gambit” (“End Game”)

Episode of a One-Hour Television Series – Commercial

Jon Joffin, ASC – “Motherland: Fort Salem” (“Up is Down”)

Episode of a One-Hour Television Series – Non-Commercial

Fabian Wagner, ASC, BSC – “The Crown” (“Imbroglio”)

Episode of a Half-Hour Television Series

Baz Idoine – “The Mandalorian” (“Chapter 13: The Jedi”)


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