Watch Roger Deakins, Jeff Cronenweth, Matthew Libatique, and Other Cinematographers in Fascinating 40-Minute Roundtable Discussion

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While some casual moviegoers might write-off the task of a director of photography as one who simply points and shoots the camera, cinematographers are undoubtedly one of the most vital aspects of any production, and also one of the most misunderstood.  In a new installment of its series of roundtable interviews with this year’s Oscar contenders, THR has provided us with some fascinating insight into the world of cinematography with a few of the best DP’s working today.  Roger Deakins (Unbroken), Jeff Cronenweth (Gone Girl), Matthew Libatique (Noah), Dick Pope (Mr. Turner), Dion Beebe (Into the Woods), and Benoit Delhomme (The Theory of Everything) discuss everything from their long-standing collaborations with certain filmmakers (Cronenweth & David Fincher, Libatique & Darren Aronofsky) to anxiety on set in this fascinating roundtable discussion.  And yes, they dive deep into the film vs. digital debate, shooting in 6K, and more.  This thing is a must watch.

Check out the nearly 40-minute roundtable video after the jump.

2012 Oscar Nominations Announced; HUGO and THE ARTIST Lead the Pack

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The nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards have finally been unveiled. Many of the categories have fallen in line just as most have predicted (I fared alright with my predictions, but not great), with Hugo scoring 11 nods, followed closely by The Artist with 10. The biggest surprises are War Horse and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close getting in for Best Picture, the exclusion of The Adventures of Tintin from Best Animated Feature, and The Tree of Life nabbing Best Picture and Best Director nods (hooray!). On the snub side of things, despite landing the most precursor critics awards of any other actor in the race thus far, Albert Brooks was denied a Best Supporting Actor nod for his stellar work in Drive (boo). Additionally, Tilda Swinton was overlooked for giving the best performance of the year in We Need to Talk About Kevin, and AMPAS has no love for Michael Fassbender‘s haunting work in Shame.

There’s still plenty to be happy about, as Gary Oldman has his first ever Oscar Nomination (yes, that’s right) and Melissa McCarthy is a Best Supporting Actress nominee. Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominees. The 84th Academy Awards will be presented by Billy Crystal on February 26th.

American Society of Cinematographers Announce 2011 Nominees; WAR HORSE Snubbed

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Today, the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) announced their nominees for Best Cinematography of 2011.  Nominations went to Guillaume Schiffman, (The Artist), Jeff Cronenweth (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Robert Richardson (Hugo), Hoyte van Hoytema (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), and Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life).  The most notable snub is leaving out Janusz Kaminski for War Horse, and it looks like Steven Spielberg‘s movie is just about finished in the Oscar race after having also missed nominations from the Directors Guild and Writers Guild.  I would also say the ASC snubbed Roger Deakins for Rango, but I never really expected them to be open-minded enough to acknowledge an animated movie for Best Cinematography.

The ASC winner will be announced February 12th.  The ASC victor usually lines up with the Oscar winner. [Correction: /Film's Russ Fischer informs me that Kaminski couldn't have been nominated because he resigned from the society years ago.]

INCEPTION Cinematographer Wally Pfister Wins at ASC Awards

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Inception cinematographer Wally Pfister won the American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Award in the feature film category.  It was Pfister’s first win from the ASC.  He had previously been nominated for The Dark Knight and Batman Begins.  This year’s other nominees included Matthew Libatique (Black Swan), Danny Cohen (The King’s Speech), Jeff Cronenweth (The Social Network), and Roger Deakins (True Grit).  All five of these men have also been nominated for the Oscar for Best Cinematography and it’s tough to argue that they don’t deserve it.

While Pfister’s win from the ASC may give him a slight edge in the Oscar race, I still think this is going to be Deakins’ year.  It’s his ninth nomination and I think/hope that the Academy will finally give him his due.  However, if Pfister takes home the statue, you won’t hear me complaining.

American Society of Cinematographers Nominates BLACK SWAN, INCEPTION, THE KING’S SPEECH, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, and TRUE GRIT for 2010 Awards

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The American Society of Cinematographers have nominated five in the feature film category for its 25th annual Outstanding Achievement Awards: Matthew Libatique (Black Swan), Wally Pfister (Inception), Danny Cohen (The King’s Speech), Jeff Cronenweth (The Social Network), and Roger Deakins (True Grit).

The night is Deakins’: True Grit represents his ninth nomination at the ASC Awards (his fifth in the last four years), and he will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Deakins won in 1994 for The Shawshank Redemption and again in 2001 for The Man Who Wasn’t There.  Pfister is on his way, though.  This is the third nomination has garnered from a collaboration with director Christopher Nolan following Batman Begins in 2005 and The Dark Knight in 2009.  Hit the jump for the official press release.

FIGHT CLUB 10th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review

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We’re ten years on from Fight Club. There’s still so much to talk about, but the text has been evaluated, eviscerated and analyzed a great deal over that time. Fight Club was an obsession for me when it came out; I saw it at an early screening and it spoke to me. I got it. And it became the movie I took people to see. I ended up in the theater at least ten times with different sets of friends to enjoy this brilliant black comedy. My review of Fight Club after the jump.

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