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2021 Creative Emmys honour exceptional cinematography work

Sep 21, 2021

ASC members Adriano Goldman, Matthew Jensen , Kirsten Johnson and George Mooradian are among those recognised for outstanding work this year.

The third and final Creative Arts Emmys ceremony of 2021 — held at the L.A. LIVE Event Deck in Los Angeles on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 13 — revealed the year’s winners in the cinematography categories:

Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour)
The Mandalorian – “Chapter 15: The Believer”
Matthew Jensen ASC

The Mandalorian

Jensen also earned an ASC Award nomination for this episode, but the prize went to colleague Baz Idoine for “Chapter 13: The Jedi.” This was Jensen’s first Emmy nomination and win.

Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series
Country Comfort – “Crazy”
George Mooradian ASC

This was Mooradian’s ninth Emmy nomination and first win.

Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour)
The Crown – “Fairytale”
Adriano Goldman ASC BSC ABC

The Crown

Goldman also earned an ASC Award nomination for this episode, but the prize went to colleague Fabian Wagner, ASC, BSC for the episode “Imbroglio.” This was Goldman’s fourth nomination for his work on The Crown and his second win for the show.

Cinematography for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie
The Queen’s Gambit – “End Game”
Steven Meizler

The Queen’s Gambit

Meizler also took home the ASC Award for this episode. This was his second Emmy nomination and first win.

Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program
David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet
Gavin Thurston

David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet

This was the cinematographer’s fifth Emmy nomination and his second win.

Cinematography for a Reality Program
Life Below Zero • Series Body of Work
DP Danny Day
DP John Griber
DP Simeon Houtman
DP Ben Mullin
DP Michael Cheeseman
DP David Lovejoy
Camera – Brian Bitterfeld
Camera – Tom Day
Camera – Jeffrey Alexander
Camera – Josh Fisch

This was the seventh consecutive nomination for Life Below Zero in this category and fifth win.

Life Below Zero

In addition, Kirsten Johnson ASC won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program — earned for her unique Netflix docu-feature Dick Johnson Is Dead. For this same project, she was also nominated for Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program and Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking.

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