About the ASC Awards

The opening reel for the 29th Annual ASC Awards ceremony. (Producer: Lowell Peterson, ASC. Editor: Tim Silano.)


The ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography salute stellar work in theatrical features, television projects and student films, and also honor select cinematographers and other filmmakers for their career achievements.

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The awards were created in 1986 by ASC members Michael Margulies and Woody Omens, and at the inaugural ceremony, held at the Clubhouse, just one award was given: to Jordan Cronenweth, ASC, for the theatrical release Peggy Sue Got Married.

Today ASC Awards are bestowed on cinematographers in several competitive categories, and the black-tie ceremony attracts more than a thousand people from around the world — filmmakers, friends, sponsors and other honored guests.

The 30th ASC Awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 14, 2016, in Los Angeles. Whether you join us as a nominee, honoree or guest, you will be participating in the world’s finest celebration of the art of cinematography.