Oscars Predictions: Best Cinematography – Linus Sandgren Has Two Shots With the Academy, Will One Stick?

Other notable contenders include "Belfast," "Dune," "The Power of the Dog," "Spencer," "The Tragedy of Macbeth" and "West Side Story."

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2022 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

UPDATED: Jan 13, 2022

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: More commentary to be added.

Oscar nominations voting begins on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, and will end on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. The official Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, with the ceremony taking place on Sunday, Mar. 27, 2022.

Precursor Awards Leader: “Dune” (Warner Bros) – Greig Fraser
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ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:
RANK FILM STUDIO CINEMATOGRAPHER
1 “Dune” Warner Bros Greig Fraser
2 “The Power of the Dog” Netflix Ari Wegner
3 “The Tragedy of Macbeth” Apple Original Films/A24 Bruno Delbonnel
4 “Belfast” Focus Features Haris Zambarloukos
5 No Time to Die MGM/United Artists Releasing Linus Sandgren
NEXT IN LINE
6 “West Side Story” 20th Century Studios Janusz Kaminski
7 “Nightmare Alley” Searchlight Pictures Dan Laustsen
8 “C’mon C’mon” A24 Robbie Ryan
9 “Cyrano” MGM/United Artists Releasing Seamus McGarvey
10 “House of Gucci” MGM/United Artists Releasing Dairusz Wolski
OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS
11 “Spencer” Neon/Topic Studios Claire Mithon
12 “The Last Duel” 20th Century Studios Dariusz Wolski
13 “Passing” Netflix Eduard Grau
14 “Don’t Look Up” Netflix Linus Sandgren
15 “The French Dispatch” Searchlight Pictures Robert Yeoman
16 “Last Night in Soho” Focus Features Chung-hoon Chung
17 “Parallel Mothers” Sony Pictures Classics José Luis Alcaine
18 “The Lost Daughter” Netflix Helene Louvart
19 “Being the Ricardos” Amazon Studios Jeff Cronenweth
20 “King Richard” Warner Bros Robert Elswit
ALSO IN CONTENTION
21 “Val” Amazon Studios Val Kilmer
22 “Tick, Tick … Boom!” Netflix Alice Brooks
23 “Spider-Man: No Way Home” Sony Pictures Mauro Fiore
24 “Drive My Car” Janus Films/Sideshow Hidetoshi Shinomiya
25 “The Harder They Fall” Netflix Mihai Mălaimare Jr.
26 “CODA” Apple Original Films Paula Huidobro
27 “The Green Knight” A24 Andrew Droz Palermo
28 “Licorice Pizza” MGM/United Artists Releasing Michael Bauman, Paul Thomas Anderson
29 “Titane” Neon Ruben Impens
30 “Swan Song” Apple Original Films Masanobu Takaynagi
UNRANKED LISTING
“12 Mighty Orphans” Sony Pictures Classics David McFarland
“7 Prisoners” Netflix João Gabriel de Queiroz
“A Chiara” Neon Tim Curtin
“A Hero” Amazon Studios Ali Ghazi, Arash Ramezani
“A Journal for Jordan” Sony Pictures Maryse Alberti
“A Quiet Place Part II” Paramount Pictures Polly Morgan
“Ailey” Neon Naiti Gámez
“American Underdog” Lionsgate Kristopher Kimlin
“Annette” Amazon Studios Caroline Champetier
“Antlers” Searchlight Pictures Florian Hoffmeister
“Army of the Dead” Netflix Zack Snyder
“Benedetta” IFC Films Jeanne Lapoirie
“Bergman Island” IFC Films Denis Lenoir
“Berlin Alexanderplatz” Kino Lorber Yoshi Heimrath
“Black Widow” Marvel Studios Gabriel Beristain
“Blue Bayou” Focus Features Matthew Chuang, Ante Cheng
“Bruised” Netflix Frank G. DeMarco
“Candyman” Universal Pictures John Guleserian
“Chaos Walking” Lionsgate Ben Seresin
“Coming 2 America” Amazon Studios Joe “Jody” Williams
“Compartment No. 6” Sony Pictures Classics Jani-Petteri Passi
“Concrete Cowboy” Netflix Minka Farthing-Kohl
“Cruella” Walt Disney Pictures Nicolas Karakatsanis
“Cry Macho” Warner Bros Ben Davis
“Dear Evan Hansen” Universal Pictures Brandon Trost
“Dream Horse” Bleecker Street Erik Alexander Wilson
“Drive My Car” No U.S. Distribution Hidetoshi Shinomiya
“Ema” Music Box Films Sergio Armstrong
“Encounter” Amazon Studios Benjamin Kračun
“Eternals” Marvel Studios Ben Davis
“Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” Amazon Studios Christopher Ross
“F9” Universal Pictures Stephen F. Windon
“Finch” Apple Original Films Jo Willems
“Flag Day” MGM/United Artists Releasing Daniel Moder
“Free Guy” 20th Century Studios George Richmond
“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” Sony Pictures Eric Steelberg
“Godzilla vs. Kong” Warner Bros Ben Seresin
“Gunpowder Milkshake” STXfilms Michael Seresin
“In the Heights” Warner Bros Alice Brooks
“Jockey” Sony Pictures Classics Adolpho Veloso
“John and the Hole” IFC Films Paul Ozgur
“Jungle Cruise” Walt Disney Pictures Flavio Martínez Labiano
“Language Lessons” Shout! Studios Jeremy Mackie
“Luca” Pixar Kim White, David Juan Bianchi
“Mainstream” IFC Films Autumn Durald
“Mass” Bleecker Street Ryan Jackson-Healy
“Memoria” Neon To be added
“Mothering Sunday” Sony Pictures Classics Jamie D. Ramsay
“My Name is Pauli Murray” Amazon Studios Claudia Raschke
“Nine Days” Sony Pictures Classics Wyatt Garfield
“No Sudden Move” HBO Max Peter Andrews
“Old Henry” Shout! Studios John Matysiak
“Petite Maman” Neon Claire Mithon
“Pig” Neon Patrick Scola
“Raya and the Last Dragon” Walt Disney Pictures Rob Dressel, Adolph Lusinsky
“Red Rocket” A24 Drew Daniels
“Respect” MGM/United Artists Releasing Kramer Morgenthau
“Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” Marvel Studios Bill Pope
“Shiva Baby” Utopia Maria Rusche
“Stillwater” Focus Features Masanobu Takayanagi
“Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” Hulu/Searchlight Pictures Shawn PEters
“Swan Song” Magnolia Pictures Jackson Warner Lewis
“The Card Counter” Focus Features Alexander Dynan
“The Colour Room” Sky Cinema Denson Baker
“The Courier” Lionsgate Sean Bobbitt
“The Duke” Sony Pictures Classics Mike Eley
“The Electrical Life of Louis Wain” Amazon Studios Erik Wilson
“The Eyes of Tammy Faye” Searchlight Pictures Mike Gioulakis
“The Guilty” Netflix Maz Makhani
“The Hand of God” Netflix Daria D’Antonio
“The Humans” A24/Showtime Lol Crawley
“The Many Saints of Newark” Warner Bros Kramer Morgenthau
“The Matrix: Resurrections” Warner Bros Daniele Massaccesi, John Toll
“The Sparks Brothers” Focus Features Jake Polonsky
“The Suicide Squad” Warner Bros Henry Braham
“The Tender Bar” Amazon Studios Martin Ruhe
“The Tomorrow War” Amazon Studios Larry Fong
“The Unforgivable” Netflix Guillermo Navarro
“The Worst Person in the World” Neon Kasper Tuxen
“Together Together” Bleecker Street Frank Barrera
“Together” Bleecker Street Iain Struthers
“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” Sony Pictures To be added
“Werewolves Within” IFC Films To be added
“Zola” A24 Ari Wegner

AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Cinematography)

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The most awarded films in Oscar history are “Ben-Hur,” “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” at 11 statuettes. The most nominated films in Academy history are “All About Eve,” “Titanic” and “La La Land” at 14. “La La Land” is the only film of the three to have lost best picture. The most significant Oscar “losers,” meaning most nominated and walk away with zero awards, are 1977’s “The Turning Point” and 1985’s “The Color Purple” at 11 each.


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