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2013 Oscar Predictions: Best Cinematography

2013 Oscar Predictions: Best Cinematography

Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions for the 85th Academy Awards through February 24th, when the winners are announced.

Here’s our take on best cinematography, which represents yet another chance for Roger Deakins to win an Oscar, this time for “Skyfall.” Nominated 10 times, Deakins has never won — and will probably lose again this year, most likely to Claudio Miranda for “Life of Pi” (who has also never won, but this is only his second nomination). But you never know…

Nominees and predictions below. Check out all predictions in all the categories here, and this list of all the Oscar-nominated films available ON DEMAND right now.

The nominees:
“Anna Karenina” Seamus McGarvey
“Django Unchained” Robert Richardson
“Life of Pi” Claudio Miranda
“Lincoln” Janusz Kaminski
“Skyfall” Roger Deakins

Will win: “Life of Pi”
Could win: “Skyfall”
Should win: “Skyfall”

Check out all predictions in all the categories here.

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Chris Courtois

Life of Pi is one of the greatest efforts in cinematography I have seen in this lifetime. Double the effort because it's in breathtaking stereo. It won fair and square. The competitors look misclassified. This is a visual Oscar and not one based on content. Win fairly and hands down, not even a close competition.


How I think it should have been:

1. Robert Richardson, "Django Unchained"
2. Danny Cohen, "Les Miserables"
3. Claudio Miranda, "Life of Pi"*(WINNER)
4. Janusz Kaminski, "Lincoln"
5. Roger Deakins, "Skyfall"*(Runner-up)


can someone explain to a non professional the cinematography award. I was suprised to see Pi as the winner. I understood it to have alot of computer generated imaging. Wouldnt that take away from cinematography?

Matt Murdock

Am I the only one who was blown away by the cinematography in Django Unchained? I'm a big Robert Richardson fan, and caught myself thinking "this looks awesome!" throughout the film.

This year ghe quality of the nominees is spectacular, any of them would be a deserving winner. I would love if Deakins won, finally!

And contrary to popular opinion, Life of Pi was mu least favorite here.


I've seen all the nominees nominated and in terms of being flashy and showy, hands down Anna Karenina but the criteria of the judges have grown to more than that and they want to see something deeper, tactfulness yet immaculately looking cinematography so the chances for Anna Karenina for winning best cinematography may be a longshot and Lincoln would probably win in my opinion.


Has any one of you watched Anna Karenina? The cinematography was spectacular, the way they shift the scenes (like that of a stage play) was exquisite. I think this will easily win best cinematography. i the only one???


For sure Life of Pi deserves to winn Best Cinematography


If the Hobbit is going to win ANYTHING, it surely should be best cinematography. Best I've seen in years.


Life of Pi deserves to win. The film's image was breathtaking. Skyfall deserves a nom. and high praise. Django, The Master, and Lincoln deserve a nom. Prometheus was well done in terms of cinematography and should at least get a nod even though the film overall is mediocre.


Check out my predictions for the visual categories at


I think that the cinematography in Les Miserables deserves a predicted spot. I'm sure Skyfall will be nominated, that part where they are in the glass rooms was amazing


SKYFALL and LIFE OF PI are THE BEST CONTENDERS…and i want both of them to win( if there will be a tie.. :-)

Film Fan

I was surprised how fantastic the cinematography was in Django. I still think Pi has a pretty strong lead and deserves a win but I would not be all too shocked if Skyfall and Django took the spot because they were stunners too.


What happened to Life of Pi? I feel like last year with Hugo it shows that they kind of just give it to the best looking movie. Though I wish Tree of Life won. I would be happy if The Master won, too. But still I think it will go to Life of Pi.

Steven Krams

Samsara is dazzling in 4K shot on 70mm! it is worthy of serious consideration!

Film Fan

The cinemarography in both Life of Pi and Skyfall was brilliant and so very Oscar worthy. Lincoln, Django, Les Mis should also be nominated. But this award belongs to Life of Pi, no doubt about it.


If Life of Pi doesn't win this I will never watch the Oscars again.


If The Dark Knight Rises isn't nominated here, I will actually eat my copy of it.


The Hobbit does look like it has really good cinematography. Maybe the oscars are done with LOTR though. Maybe not.


The Dark Knight Rises should easily win. Skyfall should be nominated, Argo was OK, I don't see a nomination for Life of Pi or Django Unchained.


The Dark Knight Rises should easily win. Skyfall should be nominated, Argo was OK, I don't see a nomination for Life of Pi or Django Unchained.

Joe H.

Cloud Atlas and Anna Karenina should both be considered as frontrunners


Nominees for me would have to be:

Dark Knight Rises: say what you like about it's plot, acting etc (personally i loved it, but hey, everyone has their opinion), name another movie on its level cinematography wise. No, i can't either, i can only think of films near it.
The Life of Pi: Haven't seen it, don't plan to, but from the trailers the cinematography looks solid, interesting and vibrant. Considering how its a fantasy i'd assume it continues in that vein throughout the whole movie.
Prometheus: Much like TDKR, just on a lesser scale both in how much i liked it and how good the cine was.
The Hobbit: Same people, same series (sort of), same world as LOTR means only one thing; amazing cinematography.
Other than those 4, no other films are truly based around large-scale cinematography, so it'll come down to a straight fight between films like Argo, Lincoln and The Master, all films vying for Best Picture, as to which gains yet another nomination.

All my prediction of course.


stop including the master in everything. Its cinematography was bland and generic, its merits lie elsewhere.


Don't get me wrong, I feel that the cinematography in Skyfall was breathtaking and beautiful. But, in my opinion, I don't think it was better than the lenses work in The Dark Knight Roses. The depth and texture that Wally Pfister applied was marvelous and definitely Oscar worthy. And Les Miserables is kinda iffy, so The Hobbit is more stable and groundbreaking technology (48 fps 3D)
My top five…
1. Life of Pi
2. The Dark Knight Rises
3. The Hobbit
4. The Master
5. Either Lincoln/Skyfall


Roger Deakins …
He have 8 nomites ….


Okay, I'm not the only one who thinks Skyfall is a top contender for this category. I think The Master's mixed reception will probably hurt it's chances and see it's slot go to either The Hobbit or The Dark Knight Rises.


The Dark Knight Rises Should Win this one


I think Lincoln Win ….


While I found Prometheus rather stupid… I reckon it should get a mention for cinematography…nthe visuals blew my mind.


Prometheus really deserves a nomination.


Wally Pfister nominated for The Dark Knight Rises…. that's more like.


Wally Pfister nominated for The Dark Knight Rises…. that's more like.


If THE MASTER does not win this award, their "best cinematography award" will mean fuck all. They already botched last years Oscar award by giving the thing to HUGO as opposed to THE TREE OF LIFE. The latter of which was absolutely incredible.


Why the sudden high hopes for TDKR? Not that I'm complaining (it's my personal favorite in the trilogy), it definitely deserves the nomination, but there hasn't been much awards hype around it so far.




UMMMM WHERE IS THE HUNGER GAMES!!!! That movie had without a doubt the best cinematography all year…id like to see The hobbit get it but I'd say the hunger games deserve it…it was well choreographed curvy realistic style that many movies can't achieve

Simple Citizen

4 Predictions for the Movie: (including a spoiler for the change to the ending) http://thoughtsofasimplecitizen.blogspot/2012/09/les-miserables-predictions.html


Very funny how The Hobbit has quote a "longer shot"……..hilarious…..has anyone even seen The Lord of the Rings?


predictions based on trailers. what a clever idea…

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