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Can any film beat 'Life of Pi' for Cinematography Oscar?

By Daniel Montgomery
Feb 22 2013 13:49 pm
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For the last three years, the Oscars for Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects have gone to the same film: "Avatar" (2009), "Inception" (2010), and "Hugo" (2011) won both prizes. And if our predictions are correct, that trend will continue this year.

"Life of Pi"
The film is the frontrunner to win with 3/2 odds. 20 out of 25 experts, eight out of nine editors, and 82% of users predict it will win.

Ang Lee's shipwreck drama won cinematography awards from BAFTA and Critics' Choice, and was nominated by the American Society of Cinematographers, where it was upset by "Skyfall."

This is the second Oscar nomination for cinematographer Claudio Miranda. He earned a previous bid for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008).

"Skyfall"
Our predictors rank the film second with 10/3 odds. Five experts, one editor, and 12% of users predict it will win.

The latest in the James Bond franchise upset "Life of Pi" to win the American Society of Cinematographers Award. It was also honored by Los Angeles film critics and was nominated by BAFTA and Critics' Choice.

This is the 10th Oscar nomination for cinematographer Roger Deakins, who has yet to win.

"Lincoln"
The film ranks third with 9/2 odds; 4% of users predict it will win. It has earned nominations from BAFTA, Critics' Choice, and the American Society of Cinematographers.

Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski has won two Oscars out of five previous nominations.

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"Anna Karenina"
The film ranks fourth with 15/2 odds. 1% of users predict it will win. It has earned cinematography nominations from BAFTA, the Satellite Awards, and the American Society of Cinematographers.

This is the second Oscar nomination for cinematographer Seamus McGravey, who previously earned a bid in this category for "Atonement," also directed by Joe Wright.

"Django Unchained"
The film ranks last with 9/1 odds. Less than 2% of users predict it will win. This season, the film's only other cinematography nomination was from the San Diego Film Critics Society.

This is the eight Oscar nomination for Robert Richardson, who has won this category three times, including last year for "Hugo."

 
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