Mexico's Emmanuel Lubezki has been nominated for the American Society of Cinematographers award on the strength of his work in the space drama "Gravity," the ASC said.

Lubezki has won the ASC prize twice: in 2012 for "The Tree of Life" and in 2007 for "Children of Men."

This time, he is vying with Sean Bobbitt ("12 Years a Slave"), Barry Ackroyd ("Captain Phillips"), Philippe Le Sourd ("The Grandmaster"), Bruno Delbonnel ("Inside Llewyn Davis"), Phedon Papamichael ("Nebraska") and Roger Deakins ("Prisoners").

Lubezki is seen as the front-runner, though Deakins is a three-time recipient of the ASC award.

Getting the nod from the ASC also boosts Lubezki's chances to be on the list when the Oscar nominations are announced next week. The Mexican has been nominated for an Oscar on five previous occasions, but has never taken home the gold statuette.

The 28th Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement will be presented Feb. 1 in a ceremony at the Hollywood & Highland Ray Dolby ballroom. EFE