The German drama "The White Ribbon" has taken top honors from the American Society of Cinematographers.
The group's feature-film award Saturday night went to cinematographer Christian Berger for "The White Ribbon," director Michael Haneke's study of a small German town beset by mysterious violence on the eve of World War I.
"The White Ribbon" won out over a field that included "Avatar," "The Hurt Locker" and "Inglourious Basterds." At the Academy Awards on March 7, "The White Ribbon" is competing against those same three films plus "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."
Television cinematography prizes went to Eagle Egilsson for an episode of "Dark Blue" and Alar Kivilo for the movie "Taking Chance."