Of the Oscar nominated films this year I’ve rounded up the best picture and cinematography nominees and dived into the technical department.
The Oscars are closing in again. It’s been a great year.
Always an interesting side note for me are what the most talented directors and DPs in the world are choosing to shoot with!
7 are shot digitally, 1 a mix of digital and film, the remaining 3 shot exclusively on film and quite a mix of film too. One Super 35mm, one Super 16mm and one 65mm! Like Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (which gets a Cinematography nomination), The Revenant also embraces the larger format but in digital, shooting the new Arri Alexa 65.
The Canon C300 figures zero times (although I expect a lot more documentary and indie stuff to be shot this way) and surprisingly there’s not a single Sony camera on the list not even the F65 which shows how much work they have ahead of them to shake off their video/broadcast DNA and win the trust of leading filmmakers.
Here’s the full tally at a glance –
- Arri Alexa cameras – 5 films
- RED cameras – 3 films
- Arri film cameras – 3 films
- DSLRs / mirrorless / consumer cameras – 2 film (only some shots)
- Panavision film camera – 1 film
- Canon Cinema EOS cameras – 1 film (only some shots)
Best picture nominations
The Big Short (Adam McCay, Ryan Gosling, DP – Barry Ackroyd) – Film and digital
Arricam LT and Canon C500 (some shots). 4K Canon RAW, mastering in 2K.
Bridge of Spies (Spielberg, Tom Hanks, written by the Coen brothers, DP – Janusz Kaminsky) – Film and anamorphic
Arricam LT and Arriflex. Hawk V-lite anamorphic lenses
Brooklyn (John Crowley, Jim Broadbent, DP – Yves Bélanger) – Digital
Arri Alexa XT. ArriRAW.
Mad Max: Fury Road – Digital (George Miller, Charlize Thearon, DP – John Seale) – Digital
Arri Alexa M, Arri Alexa Plus, Canon 5D Mark II, Olympus E-M5 (some shots)
The Martian (Ridley Scott, Matt Damon, DP – Dariusz Wolski) – Digital
RED Epic and Scarlet, Dragon sensor. GoPro Hero 4 (H.264). Redcode RAW 6K
The Revenant (Alejandro González Iñárritu, Leonardo DiCaprio, DP – Emmanuel Lubezki) – Digital
Arri Alexa 65, Hasselblad Prime 65 Lenses , Arri Alexa XT and XT M, Panavision Primo, C-Series, Leica Summilux-C and Zeiss Master Prime Lenses
RED Epic Dragon (some scenes)
Room (Lenny Abrahamson, Brie Larson, DP – Danny Cohen) – Digital
RED Epic Dragon, Redcode RAW
Spotlight (Tom McCarthy, Mark Ruffalo, DP – Masanobu Takayanagi) – Digital
Arri Alexa XT, ArriRAW
Best cinematography nominations
Sicario (Roger Deakins) – Digital
The Hateful Eight (Robert Richardson) – Film
Panavision 65 HR (65mm film)
Carol (Edward Lachman) – Film
ArriFlex 416, Super 16mm film
Mad Max and The Revenant (See above) – Digital