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It’s that time again, not just the holidays, but awards season, when the entertainment industry is flooded with nominations: Spirit Awards, Oscars and Golden Globes, and when organizations such as the ASC, PGA, DGA, VES, ACE, SOC and ADG nominate their peers for their work over the past year. It’s also the beginning of the festival circuit, with January the kick-off for a new slate of fresh films shown at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, quickly followed by the Sundance Film Festival and the Santa Barbara International Festival. Then the year unfolds again.

The American Society of Cinematographers has released their list of honorees, which include: Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; Bill Wages, ASC, who will receive the Career Achievement in Television Award; Francis Kenny, ASC, who will receive the Presidents Award; a special ASC award of Distinction will go to Fred Godfrey and the Governor’s Award will be given to Harrison Ford. The ASC Awards will take place on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

The Society of Camera Operators has also announced their honorees, which will take place on Sunday, February 19, 2012. The Camera Operator award will be given to Paul Babin, SOC, Lifetime Achievement as Camera Technician will be given to Zoran Veselic, SOC, Harry Rez will take home the Lifetime Achievement as Mobile Camera Platform Operator, Andrew E. Cooper will be recognized with the Lifetime Achievement as Motion Picture Stills Photographer, and Sol Negrin, ASC will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service to the Motion Picture Industry.

Film Independent (FIND), recently announced their contenders for best indie films which will culminate in the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 25. Of the six films nominated for best feature, half of them were serviced through Panavision, including “50/50,” shot by Terry Stacey, “The Artist,” shot by Guillaume Schiffman, and “The Descendants,” shot by Phedon Papamichael, ASC. The other nominees include “Beginners,” shot by Kasper Anderson, “Drive,” shot by Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC and “Take Shelter,” shot by Adam Stone. The nominees for best cinematography included “Midnight in Paris,” shot by Darius Khondji, ASC, AFC,  “Bellflower,” lensed by Joel Hodge, “The Off Hours,” shot by Ben Kasulke, “The Dynamiter,” shot by Jeffrey Waldron, and another nomination for Guillaume Schiffman’s work on “The Artist.”

Sundance, which kicks off the 2012 festival circuit for a host of independent filmmakers, has several films supported by Panavision. “Lay the Favorite,” was directed by Stephen Frears and shot by Michael McDonough. The feature was shot on Genesis and serviced by Panavision New Orleans. “Goats,” directed by Christopher Neil and shot by Alex Nepomniaschy, ASC, shot on 35mm Panavision Platinum, out of Panavision Atlanta. Notable features in the U.S. Dramatic Competition that were serviced out of Panavision Hollywood include: “Nobody Walks,” directed by Ry Russo-Young and shot by Chris Blauvelt, “Safety Not Guaranteed,” directed by Colin Trevorrow and lensed by Ben Kasulke, “Middle of Nowhere,” directed by Ava DuVernay and shot by Bradford Young, “Excision,” directed by Richard Bates Jr. and lensed by Itay Gross.  Ben Kasulke has a second film in competition: “Your Sister’s Sister,” directed by Lynn Shelton. And kudos to Reed Morano, whose film “For Ellen,” directed by So Yong Kim, will also be featured. Reed gained acclaim at Sundance last year for “Little Birds.”

Stay tuned for more awards and nominations as we head into 2012!