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‘Tree of Life’ Wins Top Honors at 2012 ACE Awards

Fox Searchlight's The Tree of Life ­– shot by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki -- won the feature competition at the American Society of Cinematographers' 26th annual Outstanding Achievement Awards, held Sunday at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

Fox Searchlight's The Tree of Life ­– shot by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki -- won the feature competition at the American Society of Cinematographers' 26th annual Outstanding Achievement Awards, held Sunday at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Lubezki topped a feature category followed by Guillaume Schiffman for The Artist, Jeff Cronenweth for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Robert Richardson for Hugo and Hoyte van Hoytema for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Lubezki, along with Cronenweth, Richardson and Schiffman, is also nominated for an Academy Award. Since 2000, there have been five occasions when the ASC Award winner went on to claim the Oscar for best cinematography.

In the television competitions, Jonathan Freeman won the prize for one-hour episodic series/pilot for his work on HBO's Boardwalk Empire;  Michael Weaver topped the category for half-hour series/pilot for Showtime's Californication; and Martin Ruhe collected the award for TV movie or miniseries for PBS' Page 8.

Also during the ceremony, Dante Spinotti received the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by Michael Mann. Spinotti's credits include Mann's Public Enemies, The Insider and The Last of the Mohicans. He earned Oscar nominations for Mohicans and L.A. Confidential.

Harrsion Ford was presented the ASC Board of Governors Award; William Wages was honored with the Career Achievement in Television Award; Francis Kenny received the ASC Presidents Award; and Fred Godfrey earned the Bud Stone Award of Distinction.

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