Oscar Circuit: Best Cinematography

Our look at the individual Oscar categories continues.  If you missed a piece, click on the tag titled Oscar Circuit 2014.  You can also see the official Oscar Predictions page for Best Cinematography.

Best Cinematography contenders

And the Nominees are:

  • The Grandmaster – Philippe Le Sourd
  • Gravity – Emmanuel Lubezki
  • Inside Llewyn Davis – Bruno Delbonnel
  • Nebraska – Phedon Papamichael
  • Prisoners – Roger Deakins

*Sigh* Well, four out of five ain’t bad, I guess.  One of the “fan favorites” among Oscar’s below-the-line categories, the director’s primary visual collaborator is honored in this category for the film that (ostensibly) boasts the most superlative lighting and camerawork.  Films that boast picturesque landscapes and high production values tend to be the favorites going in, but since 2009 the winner in this category has also gone on to take home the trophy for Best Visual Effects, making effects-heavy blockbusters major contenders for this prize in recent years.  Best Picture nominees are highly favored, though the correlation between Best Picture winners and winners here are more rare than one would think (the last film to achieve that feat was Slumdog Millionaire, and American Beauty before that). One contender in particular stands to benefit from all of these factors…