"White Ribbon" Wins American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Feature Film 

The beautiful black and white cinematography by Austrian Christian Berger for "The White Ribbon" won the American Society of Cinematographers' feature competition at the 24th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards.

"The White Ribbon's" Berger beat tough competitors such as Barry Ackroyd for "The Hurt Locker," Mauro Fiore for "Avatar," Robert Richardson for "Inglourious Basterds," and Dion Beebe for "Nine."

"The White Ribbon," also nominated for foreign language film at this year's Oscars, is the second black-and-white film to win the ASC award. In 2002, Roger Deakins won the trophy for "The Man Who Wasn't There."

But I have a sneaky feeling that "The White Ribbon" will not win best cinematography at the Academy Awards. Why? Because when Deakins won the ASC award in 2002, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings," shot by Andrew Lesnie, won the Oscar for cinematography that year.

So "Avatar" still has a strong chance of winning the Oscar trophy.

For more on the ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards, click here.

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