Oscars 2020: Best Cinematography Predictions

This year’s Oscar race for cinematography is dedicated to period pieces: Roger Deakins’ tour de force, continuous-shot experiment for “1917,” Sam Mendes’ bold World War I thriller; Robert Richardson’s colorful look at Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Rodrigo Prieto’s digital/Kodak 35mm film saga of mob life in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” Lawrence Sher’s large-format digital deep dive into a New York-infused Gotham City (circa ’81) for Todd Phillips’ “Joker,” and Jarin Blaschke’s black-and-white 35mm film rendering of 1890s Gothic psychological horror for Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse.”Once Deakins wrapped his head around the continuous-shot concept, he worked out the entire movie with Mendes and the crew as a choreographed dance with George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman as the two British soldiers, Schofield, and Blake.

He used Arri’s brand new Alexa Mini Lf, the lightweight, large-format version of the Lf, and an assortment of creative rigs.

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