Caleb Deschanel to be feted by ASC

Posted by · 1:53 pm · November 2nd, 2009

Caleb DeschanelThe American Society of Cinematographers has announced that veteran lenser Caleb Deschanel will receive the guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award this year. Recent recipients have included Jack N. Green, Stephen H. Burum and Allen Daviau.

Deschanel won the ASC award for Best Cinematography in 2000 for his work on Roland Emmerich’s “The Patriot.” He has been nominated for the Oscar five times, stretching back to 1983’s “The Right Stuff.” His most recent nod came for Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” but he has yet to win a statuette from the Academy.

Most recently Deschanel worked on Nick Cassavetes’s “My Sister’s Keeper.”

“Caleb Deschanel is an extraordinarily talented cinematographer who has played an influential role in cinema history, and driven artistic excellence in contemporary filmmaking,” ASC President Michael Goi says in the press release. “For him to receive this honor while still at the top of his field shows the profound influence and respect he has among his peers. His innovative cinematography is inspiring. We look forward to seeing what is yet to come in his work.”

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  • 1 11-02-2009 at 2:37 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    passion to my sisters keeper? strange

  • 2 11-02-2009 at 2:40 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Work is work.

  • 3 11-02-2009 at 2:46 pm

    Richard Vialet said...

    ^…and shows great versatility! Love it!

    like Emmanuel Lubezki shooting both Cat In The Hat and Children of Men

  • 4 11-02-2009 at 2:46 pm

    Richard Vialet said...

    Congrats to Deschanel!

  • 5 11-02-2009 at 3:39 pm

    caleb roth said...

    That other Caleb guy is very good. Can’t believe he never won an Oscar. And no matter whether you love or hate The Passion (I’m a Jew and I love it), his work is brilliant.

    He should have won in 2005 and 1997, for his wonderful work in Fly Away Home.

  • 6 11-02-2009 at 4:09 pm

    Ryan Hoffman said...

    He also helped birth the most beautiful woman in the world and her also very attractive sister.

  • 7 11-02-2009 at 4:52 pm

    Georgie said...

    I agree with Ryan. Zooey and Emily are both gorgeous.

    This is sort of related and sort of not, but is Roger Deakins lensing anything of note this year?

  • 8 11-02-2009 at 4:53 pm

    Speaking English said...

    The Right Stuff is 1983.

    Deschanel is awesome, and was horribly, horribly snubbed in 1979 for one of the most beautiful looking films of all time: The Black Stallion.

  • 9 11-02-2009 at 4:54 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Georgie, Deakins did A Serious Man.

  • 10 11-02-2009 at 5:24 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Yeah, I’d say “A Serious Man” is pretty notable.

    Of course, if you meant “is Roger Deakins lensing anything of note with pretty vistas and rolling landscapes that the Academy tends to equate with good cinematography,” the answer is no.

    As for Deschanel, I must say I also love his low-key work on “Being There.” Robbed of recognition in 1979 for sure. I’m not that well-informed on his career, so can anyone explain where he disappeared to for an entire decade in the mid-80s? On paper, it’s a curious blip.

  • 11 11-02-2009 at 6:05 pm

    Zac said...


    Considering that Emily was 9 when he did The Slugger’s Wife and 18 when he did It Could Happen to You and Zooey was 5 and 14 respectively, I would imagine he stayed home and raised his beautiful daughters.

  • 12 11-02-2009 at 6:45 pm

    par3182 said...

    how the hell did he not win an oscar for ‘the right stuff’?

    do the asc have a fancy schmanzy ceremony? maybe his girls will present him with the award

  • 13 11-02-2009 at 7:01 pm

    Speaking English said...

    To be fair, par3182, Sven Nykvist took it that year for Fanny and Alexander. Not exactly light competition!

  • 14 11-02-2009 at 7:47 pm

    Chris138 said...

    The Passion of the Christ looks so great with the cinematography. Easily one of the best shot movies I’ve seen in recent years.

  • 15 11-02-2009 at 9:15 pm

    congealed loaf said...

    Nobody has brought up his great work with John Cassavetes. Not only that, but his seed created Zoey Deschanel. Man’s a legend.

  • 16 11-03-2009 at 12:02 am

    Richard Vialet said...

    I don’t think Deschanel has ever really shot much for John Cassavetes (except for some additional photography on Woman Under The Influence)…he shot My Sister’s keeper for Nick Cassavetes though…

  • 17 11-03-2009 at 2:32 am

    Caleb Roth said...

    Fanny & Alexander is great, but not Nykvist best. Deschanel should have won that year, too.

    Nykvist should have won for a black and white work, like Persona, or Winter Light. His Cries and Whispers win is perfect, too.

  • 18 11-03-2009 at 3:02 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    As much as I like “The Right Stuff,” both of Nykvist’s wins rank among the category’s finest moments, in my opinion. (The candlelight, the slide projector … “Fanny and Alexander” is a DP’s master class.)

  • 19 11-03-2009 at 4:39 am

    Hauaha said...

    Man deserves it. ‘Tis a legend and an awesome father.

  • 20 11-03-2009 at 10:44 am

    Mike said...

    His work on The Passion of the Christ is one of the best of the decade.