Countdown to the Oscars: Best Cinematography

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From the bravura lensing of The Hateful Eight, The Revenant, and Mad Max: Fury Road to the slow-burn mise en scène of Carol and Sicario, this year’s list of nominated cinematographers continued their deserving, if not predictable, reign over emerging directors of photography.

As a nine-time nominee and three-time winner, Robert Richardson’s ability to capture every muscular angle of Quentin Tarantino’s horrific chamber drama in gluttonous 70mm is undeniable. Similarly, no one doubts eight-time nominee and back-to-back winner Emmanuel Lubezki’s mastery of Steadicam; five-time nominee and winner for The English Patient John Seale’s flare for spectacle stoked to a bonfire in Mad Max: Fury Road; or thirteen-time nominee Roger Deakins’s place among those recognized for lifetime achievement in the medium.

Among such royalty, however, Edward Lachman’s subtle portraiture offers a humble critique of pedigree in the cinematography category that brilliantly mirrors the very motive of Todd Haynes’s…

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