Friday, September 21, 2012

Best Cinematography: 1980s

1980: Raging Bull (Michael Chapman)
Oscar winner: Tess
Was this film nominated?: Yes

1981: Diva (Philippe Rousselot)
Oscar winner: Reds
Was this film nominated?: No

1982: Blade Runner (Jordan Cronenweth)
Oscar winner: Gandhi
Was this film nominated?: No

1983: Fanny and Alexander (Sven Nykvist)
Oscar winner: Fanny and Alexander

1984: Once Upon a Time in America (Tonino Delli Colli)
Oscar winner: The Killing Fields
Was this film nominated?: No

1985: Come and See (Aleksei Rodionov)
Oscar winner: Out of Africa
Was this film nominated?: No

1986: The Sacrifice (Sven Nykvist)
Oscar winner: The Mission
Was this film nominated?: No

1987: Jean de Florette/Manon of the Spring (Bruno Nuytten)
Jean de Florette
Manon of the Spring
Oscar winner: The Last Emperor
Were these films nominated?: No

1988: A Short Film About Killing (Slawomir Idziak)
Oscar winner: Mississippi Burning
Was this film nominated?: No

1989: Do the Right Thing (Ernest Dickerson)
Oscar winner: Glory
Was this film nominated?: No

Updated: 8/14/14

12 comments:

  1. Blade Runner wasn't even nominated? That movie would probably be in my top 10 when it comes to cinematography!

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  2. Out of Africa winning this in 85 is so...LOL

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  3. Excellent list and great screenshots. Your shot from Mississippi Burning is pretty haunting. I am surprised Blade Runner didn't get a shot. The cinematography is one of the most memorable things about it.

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    1. Thanks. Actually, that '88 shot is from A Short Film About Killing. Mississippi Burning did win the cinematography Oscar though.

      Blade Runner definitely deserved a nomination at least.

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  4. Nice to see Kieslowski get a mention! The cinematography was indeed world class and influential from A Short Film About Killing (1988), as I wrote about in my review of Episode 5. The Double Life of Veronique (1991), which would then influence Amelie also.

    Once Upon a Time in America, I've got that to look forward to :)

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    1. Just wait until the 1990s post, Chris. ;) Kieslowski's films feature great cinematography, especially his later work.

      Hope you like Once Upon a Time in America. It's fantastic, from the cinematography to the performances to Morricone's score. It's a wonderful film.

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  5. Ha, I still cannot believe Raging Bull lost. Just absurd.

    Obviously love seen Fanny here, and your love for Kieślowski is just awesome. Great picks yet again.

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    1. Thanks man. These posts seem to spark a lot of "What was the Academy thinking?" reactions, which is fine with me. ;)

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  6. 1980 "Heavens Gate" not even nominated. Unreal. Re-watch this film, if you love cinema.

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    1. Haven't seen it yet, but I will.

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