The 2020 group of Best Cinematography nominees are composed of a three-time winner, a three-time nominee, a one-time winner (15-time nominee), and two first-time nominees. It is mostly a respectable group. I can’t say there aren’t others I would like to see represented here, but it’s not a bad group.
- Jarin Blaschke – The Lighthouse
- Roger Deakins – 1917
- Rodrigo Prieto – The Irishman
- Robert Richardson – Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
- Lawrence Sher – Joker
Will Win: 1917
Could Win: The Irishman
Dark Horse: Joker
There is undeniable talent to Roger Deakins’ work in 1917. Given I already think 1917 has a good shot at Best Director and Best Picture, it makes sense that it would also be favored in Best Cinematography. The category comes around pretty early in the telecast, and if it goes to something other than 1917 it may be a sign of things to come later in the night.
As for the other nominees, there’s a chance Joker takes it if the film is resonating with the Academy as strongly as the 11 nominations suggest. All the same, there is a technical craft evident in 1917 and The Irishman that should supersede Joker in this category.
And The Lighthouse, well…I like its cinematography, anyway. Love to see Blaschke nominated. But this is a DOA contender. The safe bet in this category is on Deakins. Plain and simple.
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—Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)