Thursday, February 12, 2009

"One Category at a Time" - Best Cinematgraphy

While it would have been impossible to hold a candle to last year's class, this year's nominees for cinematography are still worthy contenders (they all would have made my top ten).

Right at the top of the heap are Wally Pfister for his extraordinary IMAX innovations and iconic imagery in The Dark Knight, and Anthony Dod Mantle for his vibrant and energetic flair in Slumdog Millionaire. Claudio Miranda also earned his spot here for his picture-perfect shooting of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Tom Stern's nod for Changeling was a bit of a surprise, but far from an unpleasant one. He has a great eye for light and shadow, giving Changeling a noirish feel. The Reader is handsomely shot by Chris Menges (and a bit by Roger Deakins), but I'm not sure I'd call it awards worthy. I would have replaced these two with Let the Right One In for Hoyte Van Hoytema's outstanding focus work, and Revolutionary Road which bears the stamp of Deakins' subtle and layered composition.

While I believe Pfister deserves this hands down, it's most likely that Mantle will take it in a Slumdog sweep. I won't be complaining.

Will win: Slumdog Millionaire
Should win: The Dark Knight

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