Oscar nominees 2016! Two films shot in 65mm, Arri still dominates


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

Alexa XT

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