Łukasz Żal nominated for the ASC Award

Łukasz Żal has been nominated for an award granted by the American Association of Cinematographers (ASC)  for the “Cold War” co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

Łukasz Żal with the nomination

On January 7, the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) announced nominations for annual awards for outstanding achievements in the field of cinematography. Łukasz Żal, the cinematographer for “Cold War”, was nominated in the cinema film category alongside Alfonso Cuarón (“Roma”), Matthew Libatique (“A Star Is Born”), Robbie Ryan (“The Favorite”) and Linus Sandgren (“The First Man”).

The winners will be announced on February 9 at the awards gala.

American Association of Cinematographers

ASC awards have been given since 1986. This year, the American Association of Cinematographers celebrates the centenary of its existence. In 2014, the ASC Spotlight Award of the American Society of Cinematographers went to Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski for their work on “Ida”. The ASC Spotlight Award was established in the same year. Its aim is to appreciate films that contribute to the development of cinematography, and have not found a wide distribution in the United States.


After the great success of the “Cold War” at the European Film Awards gala (5 statuettes), Paweł Pawlikowski’s film earns further awards. It was nominated, among others, for the Swedish Film Awards Guldbaggen and the Spanish Film Awards Goya. It is also appreciated by American critics. It was recognized by the critics from New York (New York Film Critics Circle) as well as the National Board of Review for the best non-English film. “Cold War” was also included in the prestigious rankings of the best films of 2018, including The Hollywood Reporter, Guardian, New York Times and BBC.

The full list of ASC nominees: