Sabin wrote:I have not yet seen Les Miserables or Anna Karenina, but between the rest there is no competition. Every frame of Skyfall was like Deakins (usually a very story-driven shooter) showing off and it was gorgeous. I would love to see him take home his first Oscar for it. Right now, I'm guessing it will be Life of Pi which has some incredibly mediocre lensing of the storm that Pi endures before going out to see. After which, it becomes beautifully picaresque. Lincoln is one of Spielberg's worst looking films in ages. It's incredibly disappointing that following Kaminski's brilliant collaboration with Spielberg in his A.I. - Munich run, he's getting up there for stuff like War Horse and Lincoln.
It is just how I prefer my cinematography. Striking images are wonderful, but I prefer the camerawork to add to the story rather than overwhelm. It is why I rooted for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN over MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA and THE WHITE RIBBON over AVATAR (as just two examples). Sometimes the cinematography in SKYFALL struck me as garish (particularly all the shots using neon lights), but clearly I am in the minority on this opinion. As long as the subtly gorgeous work in ZERO DARK THIRTY is nominated, I will be happy. I agree with you about the unimpressive cinematography in LINCOLN, but the Academy loves Kaminski so there is no chance he will be left out.