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#1 Tom Lowe

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 08:24 PM

From what I have seen this year, off the top of my head, here are my top choices, thus far:

Jesse James
Lust, Caution
Zodiac
Astronaut Farmer
Eastern Promises


I also liked Mr. Brooks and Bridge to Terabithia's photography.

I've not seen Into the Wild.

What am I leaving out?

I think at this point, Deakins has it locked. Then again, I have been wrong two years in a row on my Cinematography Oscar predictions, so don't take that to Vegas. :)
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#2 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 08:38 PM

If Roger Deakins doesn't win this year for Jesse James, there is something wrong with the world. Or at least the Academy....
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Posted 13 November 2007 - 08:48 PM

Yeah, well, IMO, Lubezki has been robbed two years in a row, so I don't have much faith in the overall Academy.

The nominees are selected by cinematographers, so usually those are spot on. But the final vote goes to the full Academy membership, which, IMO, seems to often confuse art direction, costumes, etc, with the actual photography. That's what I think happened with "Memoirs of a Geisha." Let's face it - the general Academy members don't have a detailed knowledge of cinematography.
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#4 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 08:53 PM

That's what I think happened with "Memoirs of a Geisha."


Oh, I don't know if that's a good example -- the cinematography was gorgeous on that movie!

I try not to think that who wins the Oscar actually signifies anything; afterall, you don't know how the voting went. The movie could have won by one vote, or two other films split the votes between them, cancelling each other's chance of winning.
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Posted 13 November 2007 - 09:00 PM

Im betting that "No country for old men" will be a contender! The trailers look amazing!
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Posted 13 November 2007 - 09:01 PM

I also think Pan's may have won based on the influence of costumes, art direction, etc. I loved the photography in Pan's but I thought Children of Men was just more impressive.

I could be wrong. But you have to admit the costumes and art direction were amazing in Geisha and Pans.

Edited by Tom Lowe, 13 November 2007 - 09:02 PM.

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#7 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 09:02 PM

Im betting that "No country for old men" will be a contender! The trailers look amazing!


And if Deakins gets two nominations, the chance that they will cancel each other for the winner becomes higher. Not that getting two nominations in one year isn't flattering.
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#8 Kevin Zanit

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 10:30 PM

Deakins sure has two great looking films as contenders. No Country looked amazing, so did the Jesse James, I would be happy to see either of them win.

Personally, I would have liked to see Kaminski get a nom. for Munich, though I have not talked to too many people that share my sentiment, though I happily argue its merits ;)
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Posted 13 November 2007 - 10:37 PM

Well Munich's photography was top rate. I can't argue with that.
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Posted 13 November 2007 - 10:49 PM

For me, this was the most inspired work of the year.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and No Country for Old Men by Roger Deakins
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Janusz Kminski
American Gangster by Harris Savides
There Will Be Blood by Robert Elswit

It would be great to see any of these cinematographers win. But man, Mr. Deakins had quite the year. I think that Jesse James may be his most inspired work yet.
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Posted 15 November 2007 - 06:04 PM

For me, this was the most inspired work of the year.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and No Country for Old Men by Roger Deakins
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Janusz Kminski
American Gangster by Harris Savides
There Will Be Blood by Robert Elswit


How was/is "There will be Blood?" Did you like it?
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#12 Tom Lowe

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 01:35 PM

I have to admit that Atonement's trailer showed off some really nice cinematography.

Atonement is a 2007 release. Anyone seen it? Could it be a contender?
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#13 Edgar Dubrovskiy

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 02:04 PM

From what I have seen this year, off the top of my head, here are my top choices, thus far:

Jesse James
Lust, Caution
Zodiac
Astronaut Farmer
Eastern Promises


Why 'Zodiac'?
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#14 Tom Lowe

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 02:35 PM

I just thought it was very well shot - well lit, good camera movement, superb choice of compositions, extremely professional in every way. It was understated, but the feeling of the cinematography was right on for Zodiac's story.

It's not my top choice. Jesse James and Lust, Caution are the pictures I feel strongest about so far.
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Posted 18 November 2007 - 01:14 AM

I just thought it was very well shot - well lit, good camera movement, superb choice of compositions, extremely professional in every way. It was understated, but the feeling of the cinematography was right on for Zodiac's story.

It's not my top choice. Jesse James and Lust, Caution are the pictures I feel strongest about so far.



I agree.I really liked zodiacs cinematography, but I dont know if it will get nominated because it came out so early in the year.
and it seems movies tend to be forgotten if they come out to early.
But I hope Im wrong, I think zodiac is one of the best films Ive seen this year, so I hope its rememberd and gets a few nominations
but heres my list for best cinematography

Assasination of jesse james
lust caution
american gangster
zodiac
Hairspray

Theres still lots of great looking films I have not yet seen

Diving bell and the butterfly
there will be blood
gone baby gone
no country for old men
Im not there

So as soon as I get around to the theatre again Im sure my list will change alot
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#16 Tom Lowe

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 08:24 PM

BTW, if Zodiac did get nominated, would it be the first HD picture to get an Academy Cinematography nod?

Edited by Tom Lowe, 21 November 2007 - 08:24 PM.

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#17 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 09:33 PM

BTW, if Zodiac did get nominated, would it be the first HD picture to get an Academy Cinematography nod?


Yes. "Collateral" got an ASC nomination though.
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#18 Tom Lowe

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 06:55 PM

Didn't Semler get an ASC nom for Apocalypto as well?

Zodiac has a pretty decent shot, then, at becoming Oscar's first HD movie.
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Posted 22 November 2007 - 08:09 PM

Didn't Semler get an ASC nom for Apocalypto as well?


Yes, that's the other digital feature to get an ASC nomination.
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#20 Tom Lowe

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 11:18 PM

I was really excited about Apocalypto being possibly the first Oscar nominated HD picture, but once I saw the movie, I was let down by its photography. There were a couple of really nice shots, like the cable camera shot going over the edge of the waterfall, but overall, the photography did not live up to my hopes.

In one sense, Zodiac is kind of unique in that if you took 100 random people to see the movie, probably all 100 would never know it was shot digitally uneless you told them. Superman and the Star Wars pictures were HD, but they had a lot of visual effects, and even movies like Miami Vice and Collateral kind of drew attention to the fact that they were shot on HD, because of some of the low-light shots.

Zodiac, to the average viewer, probably seems like any other well-shot film.
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