Given that “Gravity” had swept the honors for lensing throughout the awards season — including BAFTA, the American Society of Cinematographers and Critics’ Choice — it is not surprising that Emmanuel Lubezki won Best Cinematorgraphy at the Oscars Sunday.
He had lost his previous five Oscar bids — including for two other films with “Gravity” helmer Alfonso Cuaron (“A Little Princess,” “Children of Men”), two with Terrence Malick (“The New World,” “The Tree of Life“), and one with Tim Burton (“Sleepy Hollow”).
Among those he bested was Roger Deakins who has earned a whopping 11 Oscar nominations in this category but has yet to win. This year, he was a contender for the gritty crime drama “Prisoners.”
Another contender, Bruno Debonnel, racked up his fourth loss with his bid for “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
It was the first bid for both Phillipe Le Sourd (“The Grandmaster”) and Phedon Papamichael (“Nebraska”).