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