Emmanuel Lubezki made history last night at the 30th annual edition of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards, becoming the first Director of Photography to ever win the award five times, as well as the first one to receive the award in three consecutive years.
Lubezki won his fifth ASC Theatrical Release Award for his work in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s The Revenant. He had previously won for Birdman, also by Iñárritu, in 2015, Gravity by Alfonso Cuarón in 2014, The Tree of Life by Terrence Malick in 2011, and for Children of Men, also by Cuarón, in 2006.
"Its a tremendous honor to be here with all of you and to be nominated amongst this incredible group," Lubezki said in his acceptance speech. "People talk about how brutal the movie is, the conditions. From my perspective, it was an amazing experience (...) I think the most important thing was to have Alejandro—his passion, his incredibly energy. I think that’s what I’m going to remember most about the film. I share a big chunk of this award with him for taking me on this incredible journey and for being a great teacher and friend."
The winners of the 30th annual ASC Awards were announced at the Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles, CA.