Given that “Gravity” has swept the honors for lensing throughout the awards season — including BAFTA, the American Society of Cinematographers and Critics’ Choice — it is not surprising that 29 of our 30 Experts predict that it will win Best Cinematorgraphy at the Oscars Sunday
Cinematorgrapher Emmanuel Lubezki has lost his previous five Oscar bids — including for two other films with “Gravity” director Alfonso Cuaron (“A Little Princess,” “Children of Men”), two with Terrence Malick (“The New World,” “The Tree of Life“), and one with Tim Burton (“Sleepy Hollow”) — but has leading odds of 1/10 to finally win.
One renegade Expert is going against the consensus: Claudia Puig (USA Today) thinks first-time nominee Phedon Papamichael, who photographed Alexander Payne‘s black-and-white “Nebraska,” will surprise. He has odds of 20/1 to be the first lenser of a black-and-white picture to win the category since “Schindler’s List” in 1993.
Among the also-rans is likely to be Roger Deakins who has earned a whopping 10 Oscar nominations in this category — most recently for “Skyfall” — but has yet to win. This year, he’s a contender for the gritty crime drama “Prisoners” but has odds of only 50/1 as does three-time also-ran Bruno Debonnel for “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
The longshot is rookie contender Phillipe Le Sourd who has odds of 100/1 for his work on “The Grandmaster.”
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