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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 18 February, 2003, 10:37 GMT
Posthumous award for film legend
Conrad L Hall
Conrad L Hall won an Oscar for American Beauty in 2000

Conrad L Hall, the Hollywood cinematographer who died last month, has been given the American Society of Cinematographers best photography award.

He won for his work in last year's film Road To Perdition, directed by Sam Mendes, which is up for six Oscars.

Hall, 76, died of complications from bladder cancer in January.

His award, presented on Sunday in Los Angeles, was accepted by his son, Conrad W Hall.

"I guess if you're going to go, (it's good) to go out on top," his son said.

Road to Perdition has also been nominated for a best cinematography award at this year's Oscars, which will be decided next month.

It is the 10th nomination Hall has received in his career.

Hall had earlier worked with Mendes on the Oscar-winning film American Beauty, which won him a best cinematography Oscar in 2000.

Jude Law in Road to Perdition
Jude Law was a hitman in Road to Perdition

He also won an Oscar in 1970 for his cinematography on the Paul Newman/Robert Redford western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Other films that featured Hall's work included Cool Hand Luke, In Cold Blood, Searching for Bobby Fischer and Marathon Man.

Born in Tahiti, Hall was the son of author James Norman Hall, who co-wrote Mutiny on the Bounty.

Conrad W Hall has followed his father into film-making, credited as cinematographer on 2002's Panic Room, which starred Jodie Foster.

The American Society of Cinematographers dates back from 1919, but this year celebrated only its 17th awards show.

The awards also honoured television, giving the best TV award to Michael Barrett for CSI: Miami.



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