Emmanuel Lubezki lost the Best Cinematography race at the Oscars five times before winning the last three in a row (“Gravity,” 2013; “Birdman,” 2014; “The Revenant,” 2015). While our Oscar experts drawn from major media are aren’t predicting that he will prevail this year for Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” they do think that another perennial als0-ran, Roger Deakins, might finally win. (Read our race recaps of potential first-time nominees. and past champs in the running.)
Deakins has been nominated a staggering 13 times without ever winning, including for the last four years running. He has a strong contender with “Hail, Caesar!” this time around. His losses were for “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994), “Fargo” (1996), “Kundun” (1997), “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000), “The Man Who Wasn’t There” (2001), “No Country for Old Men” (2007), “The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (2007), “The Reader” (2008), “True Grit” (2010), “Skyfall (2012), “Prisoners” (2013), “Unbroken” (2014) and “Sicario” (2015).
Then there’s Caleb Deschanel, a five-time nominee spanning three decades so far including nominations for “The Right Stuff” (1983), “Fly Away Home” (1996) and “The Passion of the Christ” (2004), for the Warren Beatty period piece “Rules Don’t Apply.”
Among other lensers with multiple nominations that have yet to win is Rodrigo Prieto who is up two films: the Martin Scorsese epic “Silence” and Morten Tyldum’s sci-fi romance “Passengers.” Prieto is acclaimed in his field despite only one previous nomination for “Brokeback Mountain” (2005) which he lost to Dion Beebe‘s work on “Memoirs of a Geisha.”
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