Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Oscar Winner Predictions: Best Cinematography

The competition: Dune (Greig Fraser), Nightmare Alley (Dan Laustsen), The Power of the Dog (Ari Wegner), The Tragedy of Macbeth (Bruno Delbonnel), West Side Story (Janusz Kaminski)

Previous winners: Mank, 1917, Blade Runner 2049, La La Land, The Revenant, Birdman
My winner: Coming soon!
The facts: This is the seventh nomination for Kaminski, and his sixth for a collaboration with director Steven Spielberg. He won for “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan,” and received additional bids for “Amistad,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “War Horse,” and “Lincoln.” This is the sixth nomination for Delbonnel, who was nominated for “Amélie,” “A Very Long Engagement,” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and “Darkest Hour.” Fraser and Laustsen have both been nominated once before, for “Lion” and “The Shape of Water,” respectively, and this is the first nomination for Wegner. A Best Picture nominee has won this award every year over the past decade except for in 2017 – “The Tragedy of Macbeth” is the only film not up for the top prize. If “Nightmare Alley” or “The Tragedy of Macbeth” won, they would become the second consecutive black-and-white film to win here. “Dune” won the American Society of Cinematographers Award and the BAFTA.
Who should win: This is a great list. I think I would pick “Dune” or “Belfast.”
Who will win: I think Dune wins, but this is a competitive category.

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