OSCAR PREDICTIONS: Best Cinematography

Updated: September 21, 2017

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE

1

Roger Deakins
“Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
The most overdue craftsman in the game taking on a supposed technical marvel. Is it finally his time?
CONS:
We've done this song and dance before, only to be disappointed by the end.

2

Hoyte Van Hoytema
“Dunkirk” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
The most overdue craftsman in the game taking on a supposed technical marvel. Is it finally his time?
CONS:
We've done this song and dance before, only to be disappointed by the end.

3

Bruno Delbonnel
“Darkest Hour” (Focus Features)

PROS:
The most overdue craftsman in the game taking on a supposed technical marvel. Is it finally his time?
CONS:
We've done this song and dance before, only to be disappointed by the end.

4

Rachel Morrison
“Mudbound” (Netflix)

PROS:
No data found.
CONS:
No data found.

5

Dan Laustsen
“The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PROS:
"Pan's Labyrinth" won Cinematography over an expected winner. Can Laustsen wiggle past some big competition ahead?
CONS:
This category ties to visual effects often. Is the film a threat there?

NEXT IN LINE

6

Paul Thomas Anderson
“Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Film” (Focus Features)

PROS:
Doing his own cinematography will be interesting to watch unfold.
CONS:
How many directors have been nominated for doing their own camera work?

7

Ben Davis
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PROS:
No data found.
CONS:
No data found.

8

Linus Sandgren
“Battle of the Sexes” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PROS:
Just won for "La La Land." Could he become the new hot thing with Cinematographers?
CONS:
Comedies in Cinematography are hard to come by.

9

Matthew Libatique
“mother!” (Paramount Pictures)

PROS:
Nominee for "Black Swan." "mother!" looks to be a possible visual treat.
CONS:
They may need to really love "mother!" for this to happen. There's more "obvious" choices this year.

10

Edward Lachman
“Wonderstruck” (Amazon Studios)

PROS:
Two-time nominee ("Carol" and "Far from Heaven") and has big fans within AMPAS. Can "Wonderstruck" bring him back?
CONS:
There's some heavy competition ahead of him. He'll need the film to do very well below-the-line.

OTHER TOP TIER CONTENDERS

11

Seamus McGarvey
“The Greatest Showman” (20th Century Fox)

PROS:
No data found.
CONS:
No data found.

12

Phedon Papamichael
“Downsizing” (Paramount Pictures)

PROS:
Previous nominee for Payne's "Nebraska." With some likely visual effects, he could become a no-brainer below-the-line.
CONS:
This seems more in line of a "comedy" which is hard to get noticed below-the-line, especially cinematography.

13

Steve Yedlin
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Walt Disney Pictures)

PROS:
Cinematographer for "Looper" and "Danny Collins" has shown promise over the years. Can "Star Wars" take him to new heights?
CONS:
The franchise hasn't shown up in this category as much as its should have.

14

Philippe Le Sourd
“The Beguiled” (Focus Features)

PROS:
Cinematographer for "Looper" and "Danny Collins" has shown promise over the years. Can "Star Wars" take him to new heights?
CONS:
The franchise hasn't shown up in this category as much as its should have.

15

Vittorio Storaro
“Wonder Wheel” (Amazon Studios)

PROS:
No data found.
CONS:
No data found.

16

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
“Call Me By Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics)

PROS:
Lesser known DP, likely best known for the "Arabian Nights" trilogy. Could be the ticket to the mainstream.
CONS:
Is the film "showy" enough for a nod from DP's?

17

Chung-hoon Chung
“The Current War” (The Weinstein Company)

PROS:
No data found.
CONS:
No data found.

18

Dariusz Wolski
“All the Money in the World” (Sony Pictures)

PROS:
The cinematographer behind films like "The Martian," "Crimson Tide," and "The Crow" has never been nominated. Can he finally get his due?
CONS:
Depends on what critics think of the film.

19

Ben Richardson
“Wind River” (The Weinstein Company)

PROS:
No data found.
CONS:
No data found.

20

Mandy Walker
“The Mountain Between Us” (20th Century Fox)

PROS:
No data found.
CONS:
No data found.

OTHER POSSIBILITIES

21

Anthony Dod Mantle
“First They Killed My Father” (Netflix)

PROS:
Oscar-winner of "Slumdog Millionaire" hits a new height in this foreign film.
CONS:
He's been good since "Slumdog" and they've passed him over (i.e. "Rush" and "127 Hours").

22

Masanobu Takayanagi
“Hostiles” (No U.S. Distribution)

PROS:
No data found.
CONS:
No data found.

23

Sean Bobbitt
“Stronger” (Lionsgate)

PROS:
No data found.
CONS:
No data found.

24

Jonathan Sela
“Atomic Blonde” (Focus Features)

PROS:
No data found.
CONS:
No data found.

25

Dion Beebe
“The Snowman” (Universal Pictures)

PROS:
No data found.
CONS:
No data found.

CLICK THE CATEGORY TO SEE THE OSCAR PREDICTIONS:

MOTION PICTURE | DIRECTOR |
LEAD ACTOR | LEAD ACTRESS | SUPPORTING ACTOR | SUPPORTING ACTRESS | 
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY | ADAPTED SCREENPLAY | ANIMATED FEATURE |
PRODUCTION DESIGN | CINEMATOGRAPHY | COSTUME DESIGN | FILM EDITING | MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING | SOUND MIXING | SOUND EDITING | VISUAL EFFECTS |
ORIGINAL SCORE | ORIGINAL SONG |