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Andrew Lesnie was an Australian cinematographer who worked on The Last Airbender.

Selected other credits

Television work

Filmography

Biographical information

Lesnie attended the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), graduating in 1979. His first job after graduation was as a cameraman on the Logie Award-winning Australian magazine-style afternoon TV show Simon Townsend's Wonder World. Simon Townsend gave Lesnie almost daily opportunities to develop his craft with little restriction over a wide variety of stories and situations, and to experiment with camera and lighting techniques in hundreds of locations and situations. After two years of working on the show, Lesnie moved on to numerous Australian film and television productions, including the mini-series Bodyline.

His work began receiving major attention after the release of the anthropomorphic pig story Babe (1995) and its sequel, Babe: Pig in the City. He was director of photography on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, and received an Oscar for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in 2002. He subsequently filmed several other Jackson-directed films, including King Kong and The Lovely Bones.

Lesnie lived on the North Coast of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and was a member of both the Australian Cinematographers Society and the American Society of Cinematographers. He passed away from a heart attack on April 27, 2015.

Awards

  • 2009: Won a DFWFCA Award for The Lovely Bones (Best Cinematography)
  • 2005: Won a Las Vegas Film Critics Society Sierra Award for King Kong (Best Cinematography)
  • 2004: Won a BAFTA Film Award for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Best Cinematography)
  • 2004: Won a DFWFCA Award for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Best Cinematography)
  • 2004: Won an FFCC Award for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Best Cinematography)
  • 2004: Won a Las Vegas Film Critics Society Sierra Award for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Best Cinematography)
  • 2004: Won an OFCS Award for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Best Cinematography)
  • 2004: Won a PFCS Award for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Best Cinematography)
  • 2004: Won a WorldFest Houston Gold Award for Love's Brother (Independent Theatrical Feature Films - Cinematography)
  • 2003: Won a COFCA Award for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Best Cinematography)
  • 2003: Won a PFCS Award for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Best Cinematography)
  • 2003: Won a Seattle Film Critics Award for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Best Cinematography)
  • 2002: Won an Academy Award for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Best Cinematography)
  • 2002: Inducted into the Australian Cinematographers Society Hall of Fame
  • 2002: Won a CFCA Award for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Best Cinematography)
  • 2002: Won a DFWFCA Award for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Best Cinematography)
  • 2002: Won a Las Vegas Film Critics Society Sierra Award for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Best Cinematography)
  • 2002: Won a PFCS Award for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Best Cinematography)
  • 1998: Won an Australian Cinematographers Society Award of Distinction for Doing Time for Patsy Cline (Feature Productions Cinema)
  • 1998: Won an FCCA Award for Doing Time for Patsy Cline (Best Cinematography)
  • 1997: Won an AFI Award for Doing Time for Patsy Cline (Best Achievement in Cinematography)
  • 1996: Won an Australian Cinematographers Society Cinematographer of the Year Award
  • 1995: Won an Australian Cinematographers Society Cinematographer of the Year Award
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