As 28 of our 29 Oscar Experts predicted, ASC guild champ Emmanuel Lubezki won Best Cinematography Sunday night. His work on Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s “Birdman” involved lengthy and complicated “one take” shots throughout the film.
This project brought Lubezki a second straight Academy Award after a win last year for “Gravity.” That marked his first Oscar win after five losses for “A Little Princess” (1995), “Sleepy Hollow” (1999), “The New World” (2005), “Children of Men” (2006), and “The Tree of Life” (2011).
The lone hold-out among our Oscarologists was Mike Cidoni (Associated Press) who backed the bid by rookie nominees Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal for “Ida.” Last year, they won the inaugural Spotlight Award from the ASC for this Polish film and had odds of 20/1 to prevail at this year’s Oscars.
First-time contender Robert Yeoman was in third place with odds of 33/1 for his lensing of “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”