Oscar 2005: Dion Beebe Wins Cinematography Award

L.A. Feb 26, 06–“Memoirs of a Geisha” cinematographer Dion Beebe won the feature film prize at the American Society of Cinematographers' 20th Annual Awards.

Beebe beat out Rodrigo Prieto's “Brokeback Mountain,” Andrew Lesnie's “King Kong,” Robert Elswit's “Good Night, and Good Luck” and Wally Pfister's “Batman Begins.” All will compete for the Academy Award next Sunday, apart from Lesnie, whose slot was taken by Emmanuel Lubezki, for Terrence Malick's “The New World.”

Beebe and Paul Cameron were nominated for an ASC Award last year, for “Collateral,” but lost to Bruno Delbonnel for “A Very Long Engagement.” The Oscar went to Robert Richardson for “The Aviator.”

Beebe had received an Oscar nomination in 2003 for “Chicago,” but the prize went posthumously to Conrad Hall for “The Road to Perdition.” Hall also took the ASC prize that year.