OSCARS 2012 NOMINATIONS : Best Cinematography

 
The Contenders

Anna Karenina

Argo

Beasts of the S

Cloud Atlas

Dark Shadows

Django Unchaine

Great Expectati

Hyde Park on Hu

Jack Reacher

Killing Them So

Lawless

Les Miserables

Life of Pi

Lincoln

Looper

Moonrise Kingdo

Prometheus

Promised Land

Skyfall

Snow White and

The Bourne Lega

The Dark Knight

The Grey

The Hobbit: An

The Impossible

The Master

To the Wonder

Zero Dark Thirt
Best Cinematography

Of the last 20 winners of this category, 15 were also nominated for Best Picture and, of those, six won the top prize. Last year, this award went to "Hugo," whose cinematographer, Robert Richardson, could return this year for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained."

In recent years, Oscar voters have honored large-scale, effects-driven films in this category ("Inception" in 2010, "Avatar" in 2009), but previous winners also include smaller-scale dramas like "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Pan's Labyrinth." Like Production Design, this category tends to favor fantasy and period films, though contemporary films have prevailed ("Slumdog," "American Beauty").

This year, Mihai Malaimare Jr. is favored by our Experts to win his first-ever Oscar race for his work on "The Master." (See latest odds here.)

However, coming on strong is one-time nominee Claudio Miranda ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") for lensing the lavish 3-D epic "Life of Pi." (Track changing odds in this race by scrolling down to the bottom of this page.)  

Further back in the field is one-time nominee Danny Cohen ("The King's Speech") for collaborating again with helmer Tom Hooper on "Les Miserables."

Janusz Kaminski won his Oscars for Steven Spielberg films ("Schindler's List," 1993; "Saving Private Ryan," 1998) and could contend again for "Lincoln," their 13th film together. 

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" lenser Ben Richardson won the cinematography award at the Sundance Film Festival and could earn his first career Oscar bid.

"Inception" winner Wally Pfister could earn his fifth nomination for "The Dark Knight Rises"; he was previously nominated for both of Christopher Nolan's previous Batman films, "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight."

Greig Fraser has no previous Oscar nominations, but he has three chances at a bid this year: "Killing Them Softly," "Snow White and the Huntsman," and "Zero Dark Thirty."

Experts’ Rankings
Thelma Adams
Matt Atchity
Edward Douglas
1
The Master
The Master
Life of Pi
2
Les Miserables
Skyfall
Skyfall
3
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Zero Dark Thirty
Editors’ Rankings
Chris Beachum
Marcus Dixon
Rob Licuria
1
Skyfall
The Master
Skyfall
2
Lincoln
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
3
Life of Pi
The Dark Knight Rises
Lincoln
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