While Damien Chazelle
predictably took the DGA Award for “La La Land
” on Saturday night, the ASC rejected the self-reverential Hollywood musical in favor of the more dramatic and politically impactful “Lion
,” honoring Australian cinematographer Greig Fraser
” director Garth Davis
took home Best First Director at the DGAs.
However, “La La Land
’s” cinematographer, Linus Sandgren
, still remains the Oscar favorite, despite the fact that, in the last 20 years, the ASC winner has taken the Academy Award 11 times.
,” the incredibly true story of Saroo Brierley
), the Indian who used Google Earth to locate his birth family several decades after his separation and adoption in Australia, Fraser essentially made two movies in one. Fortunately, the top Camerimage prize winner had previous experience shooting in India.
“Trying to capture the essence of India is almost like trying to bottle magic, which is hard to do because India