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Dust, Dictator Score TV Cinematography Wins
Zap2It (February 9, 2004)

The grime and desolation of the Dust Bowl Southwest and the poverty and desolation of pre-WWII Germany proved resonant with the members of the American Society of Cinematographers. "Hitler: The Rise of Evil" took one prize, while HBO's "Carnivale" captured two.

Despite tepid ratings and a mixed critical reception, "Carnivale" has already been picked up for a second season and the Depression-era drama became the first series to take the ASC's top honors for both television move/miniseries/pilot and episodic photography.

Tami Reiker earned one of the "Carnivale" awards for shooting the show's pilot, while Jeff Jur won for the episode "Pick a Number." It was Reiker's first ASC award and the second for Jur, who won last year for the telefilm "Last Call."

CBS' "Hitler: The Rise of Evil" won for best telefilm on a network channel. It was Pierre Gill's first victory after earning a nomination in 2000 for "Joan of Arcadia."

The television awards were presented by Carla Gugino, James Caan and Kiefer Sutherland.

On the feature side, John Schwartzman pulled off a minor upset, as the "Seabiscuit" director of photography topped stiff competition including Andrew Lesnie for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."