Our Oscar experts drawn from major media are not predicting that reigning three-time Oscar champ Emmanuel Lubezki will win Best Cinematography again this year for Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups.” However, his record three consecutive wins serves as an example of the willingness of the academy is to bestow the award on the same name multiple times. Indeed, our experts foresee other previous winners are strong contenders in the category. (Read our recap of potential first-time nominees.)
Like Lubezki, John Toll is working on the year’s biggest technology story in Ang Lee‘s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.” He’s a two-time winner already for “Legends of the Fall” (1994) and Best Picture champ “Braveheart” (1995). He was last nominated in 1998 for “The Thin Red Line.”
If it isn’t Toll that brings home another Oscar, it could very well be three-time winner Robert Richardson for Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night.” The nine-time nominee won in 1991 for “JFK,” 2004 for “The Aviator” and 2011 for “Hugo.” He ia Quentin Tarantino’s DP of choice, having worked with him on Oscar nominees “Inglorious Basters” (2009), “Django Unchained” (2012) and “The Hateful Eight” (2015).
Robert Elswit has also stepped away from his frequent collaboration with Paul Thomas Anderson to work on Stephen Gaghan’s “Gold.” Elswit won in 2007 for Andersons’ “There Will Be Blood,” which was his second Oscar nomination after 2005’s “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Back with Steven Spielberg is Janusz Kaminski for “The BFG,” a two-time winner for working with Spielberg on “Schindler’s List” (1993) and “Saving Private Ryan” (1998).
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