American Cinematographer “Best Shot Films: 1998-2008”

I don’t put a lot of credence in “polls” but I found this one by American Cinematographer to be pretty interesting considering my love of cinematography.  I feel the two films most grossly overlook for nominations were “The Proposition” and “Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance“, both of which are far more interesting (and brilliantly shot) than a good handful of the nominated films.  I agree with the Top 10 (minus Fight Club and American Beauty) and it is great to see the visual impact of “Saving Private Ryan” is still there.

The Top 10:

  1. Amélie: Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC (AC Sept. ’01)
  2. Children of Men: Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC (AC Dec. ’06)
  3. Saving Private Ryan: Janusz Kaminski (AC Aug. ’98)
  4. There Will Be Blood: Robert Elswit, ASC (AC Jan. ’08)
  5. No Country for Old Men: Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC (AC Oct. ’07)
  6. Fight Club: Jeff Cronenweth, ASC (AC Nov. ’99)
  7. The Dark Knight: Wally Pfister, ASC (AC July ’08)
  8. Road to Perdition: Conrad L. Hall, ASC (AC Aug. ’02)
  9. Cidade de Deus (City of God): César Charlone, ABC (AC Feb. ’03)
  10. American Beauty: Conrad L. Hall, ASC (AC March & June ’00)

You can check out the other nominees and the full article here – Link Do you think they missed anything?


  • Glad to see that Fight Club was on this list, as it is one of the greatest movies ever.


  • Cal,

    OK, I see now that you don’t agree with Fight Club which I can understand. I don’t agree, but I get it.

    Now, American Beauty is one of the biggest pieces of shit in the history of modern cinema. There’s nothing special about it at all and it was dumb. Super overrated, and the acting was just awful.


  • American Beauty, Shakespeare In Love and Crash are three of the biggest “Best Picture” atrocities. All forgettable and average movies.

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