Oscars: Emmanuel Lubezki (‘Birdman’) wins Best Cinematography for second straight year

As 28 of our 29 Oscar Experts predicted, ASC guild champ Emmanuel Lubezki won Best Cinematography Sunday night. His work on Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s “Birdman” involved lengthy and complicated “one take” shots throughout the film.

This project brought Lubezki a second straight Academy Award after a win last year for “Gravity.” That marked his first Oscar win after five losses for “A Little Princess” (1995), “Sleepy Hollow” (1999), “The New World” (2005), “Children of Men” (2006), and “The Tree of Life” (2011).

This film was also predicted by all seven of our Editors, 22 of our Top 24 Users, and 85% of our overall Users.

The lone hold-out among our Oscarologists was Mike Cidoni (Associated Press) who backed the bid by rookie nominees Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal for “Ida.” Last year, they won the inaugural Spotlight Award from the ASC for this Polish film and had odds of 20/1 to prevail at this year’s Oscars. 

First-time contender Robert Yeoman was in third place with odds of 33/1 for his lensing of “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

Rounding out the race a 100/1 each were 11-time Oscars also-ran Roger Deakins for “”Unbroken” and Dick Pope, who reaped his second career bid for “Mr. Turner.” 

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