2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Cinematography

It is a damn shame that Roger Deakins has never won an Oscar. With Blade Runner 2049, it looks like those wrongs may be righted. I mean, he could be nominated for the shots in the trailer alone. Bet on him.

The other lock is Dunkirk‘s Hoyte van Hoytema, who has shamefully never been nominated, despite absolutely breathtaking cinematography on Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyHer and Interstellar. With Dunkirk, Hoytema offers his most accomplished work yet, maximizing the IMAX 70mm format in unimaginable ways. He and the crew even invented rigs to get shots never seen before. He and Deakins will get in, but Hoytema might spoil the party for Roger.

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is a visual wonder, so look for Dan Laustsen to be nominated for The Shape of Water. And Netflix’s Mudbound seems too strong to be shut out of every category, and a craft like cinematography could be where it gets notice.

Bruno Delbonnel’s lighting is unbelievable in Darkest Hour, and his framing is particularly significant to the narrative development of Churchill. He’s not one to discount.

Right now, however, outside of Deakins and Hoytema, things are definitely still open.

We would predict Masanobu Takayanagi for Hostiles, as his cinematography is truly masterful, but the only reservation is in regard to how many people will actually see the film.

Call Me by Your Name is certainly one of the strongest Best Picture contenders, and its cinematography is subtle beautiful. But that’s the problem — it might be too subtle to nominate.

Another blockbuster contender could be Star Wars: The Last Jedi. While some are split on the film, most agree that it is beautiful. The gritty yet flashy journalistic cinematography of The Post could receive some love and, finally, the flowing work in The Florida Project could be the sneaky nomination that no one sees coming.

The 5
Roger Deakins — Blade Runner 2049
Hoyte van Hoytema — Dunkirk
Dan Laustsen — The Shape of Water
Bruno Delbonnel — Darkest Hour
Rachel Morrison — Mudbound

Could contend
Steve Yedlin — Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom — Call Me by Your Name
Alexis Zabe — The Florida Project
Masanobu Takayanagi — Hostiles
Janusz Kaminski — The Post

In our dreams
Andrew Droz Palermo — A Ghost Story


Featured image via Warner Bros.

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