THE CONTENDERS: Best Cinematography

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9/19 Thoughts: “Rampart” hasn’t been picked up domestically yet, so it stays off the chart in all categories for now. However, Bobby Bukowski’s work behind the camera is absolutely inspired and hopefully gets a fair shake here.

Good bets:
1. “The Tree of Life” (Emmanuel Lubezki)
2. “War Horse” (Janusz Kaminski)
3. “The Artist” (Guillame Schiffman)

Other possibilities:
4. “Hugo” (Robert Richardson)
5. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (Jeff Cronenweth)
6. “J. Edgar” (Tom Stern)
7. “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” (Hoyte Van Hoytema)
8. “Anonymous” (Anna Foerster)
9. “Moneyball” (Wally Pfister)
10. “The Ides of March” (Phedon Papamichael)

Dark horses:
11. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” (Eduardo Serra)
12. “Jane Eyre” (Adriano Goldman)
13. “Warrior” (Masanobu Takayanagi)
14. “Super 8” (Larry Fong)
15. “A Dangerous Method” (Peter Suschitzky)

The rest of the field:
“Albert Nobbs” (Michael McDonough)
“Captain America: The First Avenger” (Shelly Johnson)
“Contagion” (Peter Andrews)
“Coriolanus” (Barry Ackroyd)
“Cowboys & Aliens” (Matthew Libatique)
“The Descendants” (Phedon Papamichael)
“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (Chris Menges)
“The Flowers of War” (Xiaoding Zhao)
“Green Lantern” (Dion Beebe)
“The Help” (Stephen Goldblatt)
“Immortals” (Brendan Galvin)
“Melancholia” (Manuel Alberto Claro)
“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” (Robert Elswit)
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (Dariusz Wolski)
“Rampart” (Bobby Bukowski)
“Salmon Fishing on the Yemen” (Terry Stacey)
“Shame” (Sean Bobbitt)
“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” (Philippe Rousselot)
“The Skin I Live In” (José Luis Alcaine)
“Sucker Punch” (Larry Fong)
“Thor” (Haris Zambarloukos)
“Water for Elephants” (Rodrigo Prieto)
“W.E.” (Hagen Bogdanski)
“We Bought a Zoo” (Rodrigo Prieto)
“X-Men: First Class” (John Mathieson)