Friday, October 5, 2012

Best Cinematography: 2000s

2000: In the Mood for Love (Christopher Doyle, Pung-Leung Kwan and Mark Lee Ping-bin)
Oscar winner: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Peter Pau)
Was this film nominated?: No

2001: Amélie (Bruno Delbonnel)
Oscar winner: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Andrew Lesnie)
Was this film nominated?: Yes

2002: Road to Perdition (Conrad L. Hall)
Oscar winner: Road to Perdition (Conrad L. Hall)

2003: Gerry (Harris Savides)
Oscar winner: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Russell Boyd)
Was this film nominated?: No

2004: Birth (Harris Savides)
Oscar winner: The Aviator (Robert Richardson)
Was this film nominated?: No

2005: The New World (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Oscar winner: Memoirs of a Geisha (Dion Beebe)
Was this film nominated?: Yes

2006: Children of Men (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Oscar winner: Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo Navarro)
Was this film nominated?: Yes

2007: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Janusz Kaminski)
Oscar winner: There Will Be Blood (Robert Elswit)
Was this film nominated?: Yes

2008: Let the Right One In (Hoyte Van Hoytema)
Oscar winner: Slumdog Millionaire (Anthony Dod Mantle)
Was this film nominated?: No

2009: Antichrist (Anthony Dod Mantle)
Oscar winner: Avatar (Mauro Fiore)
Was this film nominated?: No

The last time I asked which category I should do, music was second to cinematography. So, music is up next.

Updated: 11/1/14

20 comments:

  1. The cinematography for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is remarkable. That was such a hard movie to watch, but the way it was shot made it so beautiful.

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    1. Love that film. Its cinematography is my favorite of all-time.

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  2. Wonderful images. Thanks for reminding me how much I liked Master and Commander, Amelie, & Let the Right One In. Antichrist is one of those movies I can bring myself to watch, because I assume it would leave me scarred for life. :-)

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    1. Thanks. Antichrist is...interesting. ;)

      Oh, that image is actually from Gerry. Master and Commander won the Oscar that year though.

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  3. By the way, I like your new header!

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  4. GREAT WINS! Children of Men's loss is still disgusting, and I even nominate Pan's but MY GOD was Children of Men the only choice that year!

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    1. For sure. I was stunned by that upset.

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  5. Great picks man. 2000 for me would have to be Traffic. The look of that film continues to astound me. LOVE the Gerry pick. Film is gorgeous.

    Children of Men… if there was ever a flick that deserved the Oscar for Best Cinematography, that’s it.

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    1. Love the look of Traffic, but Requiem is just so haunting.

      More people should see Gerry. Savides doesn't even have an Oscar nom!

      Indeed.

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  6. I need to see Gerry, Children of Men, and the Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

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  7. The cinematography of Antichrist was the only thing about this movie that I liked, it was truly amazing. I cannot believe Avatar won, the film looked so fake and the cinematography was so boring it was hard to look at the screen sometimes.

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    1. For me, Avatar owes its "cinematography" to the visual effects.

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  8. Totally agree that Road to Perdition won Best Cinematography. That film took my breath away, the shooting in the rain scene stands as one of my all time favorite movie rain scenes. It's just so incredibly shot.

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    1. Oh, definitely. It's one of the best.

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  9. I have to see Gerry, Birth, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Antichrist. But I like your other choices.

    My personal picks are:
    2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    2001 Amelie AND LOTR: Fellowship of the ring
    2002 Road To Perdition AND Hero
    2003 City Of God
    2004 The Aviator
    2005 Good Night, and Good Luck (but I'm not so sure on this)
    2006 Children Of Men
    2007 The assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford
    2008 Benjamin Button
    2009 Inglourious Basterds

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    1. I hope you like those films when you get to see them.

      Great picks. I still need to see Hero, and I really must watch Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon again, since I haven't seen it in over 10 years.

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  10. Great picks Josh, I love cinematography, somehow soothing to see the world at its most magnificent. At peace with the world, I guess.

    Here's a list of films that didn't get mentioned yet, which I think are beautifully shot, from 2000s:

    Spring summer fall winter...and spring (2003)
    The Return (2003)
    The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
    A Love Song For Bobby Long (2004)
    The Painted Veil (2006)
    Into The Wild (2007)
    Bright Star (2009)

    All recommended, if you haven't seen them!

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    1. Thanks, Chris. Love those picks. I haven't seen The Return or Spring summer fall winter...and spring yet, but they're on my watchlist, so I'll hopefully get to them soon.

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