2019 Visionary Achievement Award
Claudio Miranda, ASC
Oscar winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda, ASC turned his lenses to the skies to shoot his most recent feature Top Gun: Maverick with frequent collaborator, director Joseph Kosinski. Tom Cruise reprises his role in the sequel to the legendary 1986 film, along with a new cast of characters played by the likes of Miles Teller and Jennifer Connelly. The blockbuster is slated for release on June 26, 2020.
Previously, he shot Only the Brave, also for Joseph Kosinski, based on the real-life story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, with Josh Brolin, Miles Teller and Jeff Bridges starring; Disney’s Tomorrowland for director Brad Bird, starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson; and Joseph Kosinski’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi action drama Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise.
For his visionary work on director Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, Miranda won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Cinematography. He also received a BAFTA award, a Satellite award, multiple Critics Society awards and a nomination from the American Society of Cinematographers.
Cinematographer Claudio Miranda poses backstage with his
Oscar for achievement in cinematography for his work on
“Life of Pi” during the live ABC Television broadcast
of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA,
Sunday, February 24, 2013.
Credit: Bryan Crowe / ©A.M.P.A.S.
The Academy also recognized Miranda for his work on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for director David Fincher with a 2009 Best Cinematography nomination. The film also earned him cinematography nominations at the 2009 ASC Awards, the BAFTAs and the Satellite Awards, along with Best Cinematography awards from the North Texas, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Houston Film Critics Societies.
Ahead of Benjamin Button’s release, Variety named Miranda one of its 2008 “10 Cinematographers to Watch".
His big break came in 1994, when Dariusz Wolski hired him to work as chief lighting technician on Alex Proyas’ The Crow. As gaffer, Miranda worked on many powerful films including David Fincher’s The Game and Fight Club, as well as the late Tony Scott’s Crimson Tide, The Fan and Enemy of the State. The 2005 Sundance Film Festival hit A Thousand Roads, from director Chris Eyre, marked Miranda’s first feature cinematography credit.
Evidence of Miranda’s thriving television commercial career can be seen thanks to the multiple accolades he has received including: Best Cinematography AICP and Clio awards for the Pocari Tennis spot in 2002; a Clio for Xelibri in 2004; an MVPA for a Beyoncé (feat. Sean Paul) music video in 2004; as well as an AICP for Heineken in 2005.
Miranda lives in Los Angeles with his wife Kelli and greatest accomplishments, daughters Sofia and Lily. He is represented by DDA.
The Cine Gear Expo 2019 Visionary Achievement Award in Cinematography will be presented to Claudio Miranda, ASC in recognition of the significant contributions he has made to advancing the art and craft of cinematography. The presentation will take place on Friday, May 31 at the VIP Industry Awards Reception at The Paramount Theater Paseo Grounds.