What does Oscar-worthy cinematography look like in 2016?
In yet another fantastic video from Fandor video essayist Kevin B. Lee, we get to take a deeper look at the visuals of this year’s nominees for Best Cinematography: Ed Lachman for Carol, Robert Richardson for The Hateful Eight, John Seale for Mad Max: Fury Road, Emmanuel Lubezki for The Revenant, and Roger Deakins for Sicario.
Lee has taken out the audio from each 1-minute clip of the films to give you a better chance to focus on the visuals. (He recommends muting his commentary for the first watch, too.)
We’ve got many of the usual Oscar suspects here, including, of course, Chivo Lubezki, who has won two years in a row, and Roger Deakins, who has been nominated 13 times, but has never won. So clearly we’re looking at world-class cinematography — the craft performed at its very best, but what exactly makes it worthy of an Academy Award?