Where I find it difficult to compare the merits of screenwriting between films, I think judging the cinematics of a batch of films is somewhat easier. Quality cinematography strikes you in specific and noticeable ways, whereas a good script can sneak up on you. In 2016, we came across a number of visually striking movies. Let’s take a look at which ones will get Oscar nods.
Will Win: La La Land
The only film not on this list that could sneak in, in my opinion, is Hacksaw Ridge. But, while that film is shot and directed strongly, I think that is a film made cinematic more so in the editing room than in the camera.
Arrival is a Villeneuve vision, so of course it is shot well. But it is not shot as well as Sicario. I very much enjoy the symmetry of Jackie‘s visual compositions. Moonlight has really striking closeups. La La Land uses depth to its advantage. All of these films deserve nominations.
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—Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)