The American Society of Cinematographers announced their award nominees today. They usually don’t match up perfectly with the Oscars, but you can count on them for at least 4 out of the 5 nominees.
Their nominees are:
- La La Land
Arrival is a magnificent piece of cinematography and absolutely deserves the nomination. La La Land is pretty, though I’ll wait until I’ve seen it again to offer additional thoughts. Lion is really quite well shot, especially in the first half. Moonlight has some beautiful shots. I haven’t seen Silence yet (I should be able to this weekend), but from the trailers it looks very handsome.
It’s possible we get a 5/5 match here. None of these feel that superfluous. Arrival, La La Land, and Moonlight are definitely happening. Lion has a BAFTA nomination and is in a film with a decent chance of a Best Picture nod. Silence seems to have not been the awards juggernaut expected (to put it mildly), but it’s still a prestige picture, and the cinematography has been one of the more recognized facets of it.
If any of these is likely to come off, it’s Lion. Just a hunch. As for what would replace it…
Nocturnal Animals also has a BAFTA nomination in this category, and I feel like that film has more support in the industry than most are giving it credit for. So consider that a distinct possibility.
Jackie should be here, given that it was one of the best shot films of the year, but for whatever reason, it hasn’t received anything like its due.
Don’t rule out a weird left-field pick, either. American Honey could get something for Robbie Ryan (it would be deserved). Or maybe…I don’t know, how about The Neon Demon? If there’s anything about that film you can praise, it’s the cinematography.
But that’s all I have to say about that for now. Tomorrow are the DGA nominations, and I’ll be analyzing those quite carefully.