'The White Ribbon' beats 'Avatar,' 'Hurt Locker' for cinematographers award

white-ribbon-320.jpgHere's an oddity this awards season: A top movie honor not going to "The Hurt Locker" or "Avatar."

This bit of news comes courtesy of the American Society of Cinematographers, which gave its feature film prize to "The White Ribbon" and cinematographer Christian Berger. The black-and-white German film, directed by Michael Haneke, is an Oscar nominee for cinematography and for best foreign-language film.

"The White Ribbon" beat out "Avatar" and "The Hurt Locker," as well as "Inglourious Basterds" and "Nine," to win the feature film prize at the ASC's 24th annual awards Saturday night (Feb. 27).

In the TV series category, Eagle Egilsson won for the "Venice Kings" episode of TNT's "Dark Blue." Other nominees were "FlashForward" ("The Gift"), "Ugly Betty" ("There's No Place Like Mode"), "CSI" ("Family Affair") and "Smallville" ("Savior").

Alar Kivilo won the TV movie/miniseries honor for HBO's "Taking Chance," topping fellow nominees "Jesse Stone: Thin Ice" and "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler."

Five-time Oscar nominee Caleb Deschanel ("The Right Stuff," "The Natural," "National Treasure") was given the society's lifetime achievement award.

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