Roger Deakins, Skyfall
The ASC honors the masterful Deakins for his work on Sam Mendes' Skyfall, you is also up for the Academy Award this year. While Deakins remains one of the true poets of the medium, he has yet to win the Academy Award despit 10 nominations. He's had better luck with the ASC as this claims his third prize (after wins for The Shawshank Redemption and The Man Who Wasn't There, plus a Lifetime Achievement Award two years ago.) The ASC isn't a particular good bellwether in terms of the Academy-- rather hit or miss-- last year they chose Emmanuel Lubezki for his work on The Tree of Life, while Hugo won the Academy Award. I still strongly believe the smart money for the Oscar lies in Life of Pi.