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Ari Wegner ACS makes history as first female recipient of BSC Best Cinematography in a Theatrical Feature Film award

Mar 4, 2022

Ari Wegner ACS has become the first female cinematographer to win the BSC Best Cinematography in a Theatrical Feature Film award for her work on Jane Campion’s The Power Of The Dog.

Wegner’s previous work includes films such as Lady Macbeth (2016), True History Of The Kelly Gang (2019), and Zola (2020).

Accepting the award and congratulating her fellow nominees on their work which has always inspired her, Wegner said: “It’s so incredible to be recognised by one’s peers. I want to thank my incredible crew, my gaffer Thad Lawrence, key grip Sam Strain, focus puller Dan Foeldes, and Ben Rowsell, our other focus puller. We were under some pretty tough conditions, and you guys worked so damn hard for me and Jane [Campion]. I also really want to thank Jane. It’s such a tremendous gift to give to someone to trust them with your film.”

Last month, Wegner became the second woman ever nominated for Best Cinematography at the Oscars as well as BAFTA and ASC Awards nominations for The Power Of The Dog.

The Power Of The Dog, which premiered the 2021 Venice International Film Festival before a limited theatrical release and Netflix debut, leads the 94th Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including nods in three acting categories for stars Kirsten Dunst, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. The film was also nominated for Best Sound, Best Original Score, Best Editing, Best Production Design, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Photo Credit: Richard Blanshard

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