Oscar Predictions: Best Cinematography

Emmanuel Lubezki won the top prize from the American Society of Cinematographers for lensing “The Tree of Life.” He also claimed top honors from both the Gotham and L.A. film critics for his lensing of this Terrence Malick film and is the frontrunner in Best Cinematography 

Malick’s last three movies — “Days of Heaven” (1978), “The Thin Red Line” (1998), and “The New World” (2005) — were all recognized in this race with “Days” winning. Lubezki lensed “The New World” and has contended at the Oscars three other times: “A Little Princess” (1995); “Sleepy Hollow” (1999); and “Children of Men” (2006) which also won him the ASC prize. 

Robert Richardson reaped his seventh Oscar nomination for “Hugo.” He won in 2004 for another Martin Scorsese film “The Aviator” and earned his first Oscar for “JFK” (1991). His most recent nod was for “Inglourious Basterds” (2009).

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The Artist” is a period film shot in black-and-white by first-time nominee Guillaume Schiffman. While two other recent black-and-white features — “The Man Who Wasn’t There” (2001) and “The White Ribbon” (2009) — won the top prize with the ASC, they were bested at the Oscars. The last monochrome movie to win this award was “Schindler’s List” in 1993 which was lensed by Janusz Kaminski who contends this year for “War Horse.” 

While the ASC snubbed Kaminski, he reaped his fifth bid for “War Horse.” He won Oscars for two previous collaborations with Steven Spielberg —  “Schindler’s List” (1993) and “Saving Private Ryan” (1998) — and was nominated for “Amistad” (1997) and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (2007).

After almost two decades working with director David Fincher, Jeff Cronenweth was finally nominated for “The Social Network” last year. He reteamed with Fincher for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

Click on the pundits below to see a breakdown of their rankings in this race.

Click on each of the categories below for the overview of that race.

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