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#1 deepeester

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Posted 09 December 2005 - 01:01 PM

Any thoughts on who should be nominated for the Oscar for cinematography?

My humble choices:

Sin City -- Robert Rodriguez
Munich -- Janusz Kaminski
Good Night and Good Luck -- Robert Elswit
Batman Begins -- Wally Pfister
ShopGirl -- Peter Suschitzky
The Constant Gardener -- César Charlone
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 09 December 2005 - 01:08 PM

Still too many 2005 releases yet to come to make that determination, but I suspect "Memoirs of a Geisha" will be on some lists.
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#3 Chris Keth

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Posted 09 December 2005 - 05:13 PM

Still too many 2005 releases yet to come to make that determination, but I suspect "Memoirs of a Geisha" will be on some lists.



I would hope that would at least be nominated. It's a gorgeous movie. In addition to that, I think nobody would be amiss considering "Good Night and Good Luck", and "Jarhead" for the award.
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#4 Max Jacoby

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Posted 09 December 2005 - 05:28 PM

Isn't a bit too early to be speaking of choices already? I mean 'Munich' isn't even released yet...

I would bet that 'The New World' will get serious consideration too.
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#5 Tim J Durham

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Posted 09 December 2005 - 10:59 PM

So far, the one film that sticks out for me is "The Constant Gardener" for the way the cinematography propelled the story and enhanced the sense of increasing alienation in the Ralph Fiennes character and the way it allowed the viewer to feel the excitement and cultural immersion Rachel Weisz' character.

It wasn't just a series of beautiful tableaux. The camera actually enhanced the story development which is exactly what SHOULD be recognized. I have my doubts as to whether it will or not. To some extent, "Sin City" fit that bill as well although on my second viewing of it, I started to notice some focus problems that I hadn't on the first viewing. Still, very cool looking.

I haven't seen anything like "Days of Heaven" yet this year but still hopeful about "The New World".

For me, "Jarhead" did not compare favorably to either "3 Kings" or "Blackhawk Down" and I don't remember if either of them were nominated but should have been, in my opinion.

The only other one that really sticks out for me is "Oliver Twist" which was beautifully shot, costumed and art directed.

So my list so far would be"

The Constant Gardener (camera as story-teller)
Sin City (style over substance raised to a new level and weakest entry of the 5)
Oliver Twist (a period film which really creates a period)
March of the Penguins (for shear fortitude)
The New World (judging only from track record and the fabulous trailer)
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