2024 Oscars: Best Cinematography Predictions

Oct 16, 2023
Dimitris Passas

NOTE: This article is a republication- Source: IndieWire (by Bill Desowitz).

Nominations voting is from January 11–16, 2024, with official Oscar nominations announced on January 23, 2024. Final voting is February 22–27, 2024. And finally, the 96th Oscars telecast will be broadcast on Sunday, March 10, and air live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT. We update predictions throughout awards season, so keep checking IndieWire for all our 2024 Oscar picks.

The State of the Race

It’s become a cinematography race among five movies shot on Kodak film, with the large-format IMAX “Oppenheimer” (Universal) taking on the 35mm “Poor Things” (Searchlight), “Killers of the Flower Moon” (Apple TV+/Paramount), “Maestro” (Netflix), and “Saltburn” (Amazon/MGM). These were shot by cinematographers Hoyte van Hoytema, Robbie Ryan, Rodrigo Prieto, Matthiew Libatique, and Linus Sandgren.

Interestingly, “Oppenheimer,” “Poor Things,” and “Maestro” were all shot in both color and black-and-white, as part of a great stylistic tradition (from “The Wizard of Oz” to “JFK”) of intermingling color and monochrome to evoke heightened states of mind to help drive the narrative. “JFK” won the Oscar for Robert Richardson, so this hybrid factor will certainly play a role in the Oscar race.

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