Birdman continues to happily roll along the awards circuit. After winning the PGA, DGA, and SAG awards, it netted the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) award this weekend for his “one shot” Birdman. Although the film isn’t really comprised of one shot, it still took a remarkable level of skill to plan out all the long takes and sneak the camera through some tricky locations.
Lubezki also won the ASC award (as well as the Academy Award) last year for Gravity, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he won back-to-back Oscars. His fellow nominees for Best Cinematography are The Grand Budapest Hotel, Mr. Turner, Unbroken, and Ida. I personally think all but Unbroken are deserving of the award, but it will be hard to argue if Lubezki ends up taking home is second Oscar on Sunday.
Watch the video below to see how Lubezki and director Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu made Birdman look like one seamless take: