Oscar-winning Polish cinematographer Janusz Kamiński, best known for his decades-long collaboration with Steven Spielberg, and Stephen Lighthill, who shot the Oscar-nominated doc Berkeley, will be the two special award recipients at this year’s Annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards (ECA).
Kamiński will be honored with the Distinguished Filmmaker Award and Lighthill will accept the ASC Mentor Award.
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Kamiński — who has picked up four Academy Award nominations, five BAFTA Awards, and six American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Award nominations across his career — began working with Spielberg in 1993 on Schindler’s List. Since then, the pair have worked together on everything from Saving Private Ryan and Jurassic Park to The Fabelmans. Kamiński has won the best cinematography Oscar twice, with Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan.
Lighthill — who previously served as ASC president — began his career shooting network news and documentaries, including the Oscar-nominated documentary Berkeley, Gimme Shelter, and CBS 60 Minutes. His credits include HBO’s Vietnam War Story, NBC’s Earth 2, and CBS’s Nash Bridges. In recent years, he has returned to documentaries with Boffo! Tinseltown’s Bombs and Blockbusters and Caregivers: The Alzheimer’s Project.
He is currently Head of Discipline: Cinematography at the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory, and in 2010 received the Deluxe “Bud Stone” Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions to the Art and Craft of Cinematography from the ICG Emerging Cinematographer Awards.
“We’re delighted to award two of the most influential film artists and practitioners of our craft at this year’s ECA ceremony,” said ECA chairs Steven Poster, ASC, and Jimmy Matlosz in a joint statement.
The ECA showcase event takes place Oct 1 at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center Wolf Theater in North Hollywood.
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