Kildare man wins major cinematography award in Hollywood

John Conroy one of three Irish men nominated for award

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Kildare man wins major cinematography award in Hollywood

John Conroy of Naas at the ASC Awards on Saturday last

Great excitement in Hollywood, Los Angeles on Saturday night for the hosting of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) with three Irish men contesting an awards category.

Among them was John Conroy of Naas, who was announced the winner of Motion Picture/Miniseries/Pilot made for Television at the ASC Award for his work in AMC’s “The Terror: Infamy” (Ep - A Sparrow in a Swallow’s Nest)

After the awards ceremony, the Naas man tweeted: “#Unbelievable thank you to @AmericanCine - last night was amazing. Thanks to the cast, crew and creators of @TheTerrorAMC @ScottFreeProd #solucky #jackconroy”.

John making his acceptance piece on Saturday night 

The Oscars are the ultimate accolade for movie makers and actors, with the Emmys being the top accolade in television, and the ASC awards are the creme de la creme in cinematography.

It was an historic night in the Irish film and television Industry, especially with three Irish cinematographers nominated for last night's ASC awards. Notably, all three nominees had trained under the experienced eye of the late Jack Conroy, John's father.

John was joined by fellow Irish nominees Peter Robertson and PJ Dillon (nephew of John B Keane, Kerry's renowned author).

Saturday's awards were the 34th hosting of the American Society of Cinematographers Oscars, which was held at the Hollywood & Highland Center with MC, Ben Mankiewicz.

Big winners on the night were: Theatrical Release, over all winner Roger Deakins for “1917”. Finalists included Phedon Papamichael for “Ford v Ferrari”; Rodrigo Prieto for “The Irishman”; Robert Richardson with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and Lawrence Sher for “Joker”.

Documentary winner was Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma for “Honeyland” with the Spotlight Award going to Jarin Blaschke for “The Lighthouse”.

Speaking to KildareNow this morning, John's mother Mona, well known on the musical production circuit in Co Kildare, said:

“John was absolutely thrilled when I spoke to him yesterday from LA. His partner Yvonne (Connolly) joined him for the awards and they were so excited! John already has won some Emmys and BAFTAS but the ASC awards over there are huge, so this is another great accolade for him.

“He has three movies on offer at the moment which he is considering, one in Ireland, one based in Budapest and the third in Italy” said Mona, who is currently in rehearsals as Sister Lazarus in Sister Act with Naas Musical Society. The show will run from March 7 for a week at the Moat Theatre, Naas.

John's work to date has included “Luther”, “The Happy Prince”, “Penny Dreadful”, “Yardie”, “Broadchurch” and “Mr Selfridge”.

His late father Jack Conroy was renowned for his work in the film and television industry, having worked with director Jim Sheridan and producer Noel Pearson on renowned movies such as “My Left Foot”’ (1989) and”The Field” (1990). Other notable works included “Two by Forsyth”, (1984); “The Woman Who Married Clark Gable” (1985); “The Playboys” (1992), “The Last Outlaw” (1993); “The Hunted” (1995) and “A Bright Shining Lie” (1998) and "A Bridge too far" (1977).