Sixth Oscar win for visual effects company DNEG with Tenet

This latest honour is the fifth Academy Award in the last seven years for visual effects leader. Acclaimed global visual effects  and animation company DNEG was recognised at the 93rd Academy Awards with the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for its work on Tenet, directed by long-term collaborator Christopher Nolan.  DNEG’s VFX team, led by overall … Read more

Oscar winner Another Round finished with Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve

Blackmagic Design revealed that DaVinci Resolve Studio was responsible for the grade on Oscar winner Another Round. Colourist Emil Eriksson of Zentropa Post in Copenhagen, Denmark, graded the film with DP Sturla Brandth Grøvlen and Director Thomas Vinterberg in attendance over two weeks, prior to lockdown. “The Dogme style of not too much lighting and … Read more

RED Digital Cinema supports Oscar winners Mank and My Octopus Teacher

With Oscar wins in the cinematography and documentary categories, productions shot on RED Digital Cinema capped off a successful awards season for the company. Erik Messerschmidt, ASC took the Best Cinematography prize for his black-and-white photography of Mank. Messerschmidt was a favorite going into Sunday night’s ceremony after winning awards from his peers at the … Read more

Erik Messerschmidt ASC wins cinematography Oscar for Mank

The film industry’s finest were honoured at the 93rd Academy Awards, a smaller than usual – but no less entertaining and celebratory – COVID-safe event at Los Angeles’ Union Station. Erik Messerschmidt ASC won the cinematography award for his magnificent lensing of Mank, his first Oscar win. Nominees in the category were Sean Bobbitt BSC … Read more

March 2021: Nominations and innovations

Here in British Cinematographer’s Hollywood bureau, we await our second Pfizer shot, while gearing up to attend – virtually, of course – the coming ASC and Oscar awards. Normally, this column would be reporting on how they were. You will have been well-versed in the nominees by the time this runs, naturally, and it would … Read more

Oscars nominations: the complete list

Actor-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas and singer, songwriter and actor Nick Jonas announced the 93rd Oscars nominations in 23 categories live from London, via a global live stream. Nominees in the Cinematography category are Judas and the Black Messiah (Sean Bobbitt BSC); Mank (Erik Messerschmidt ASC); News of the World (Dariusz Wolski ASC); Nomadland (Joshua James … Read more

John Keedwell GBCT “Awards with a difference”

AWARDS WITH A DIFFERENCE The industry awards ceremonies of BAFTA and the Academy Awards are now soon to be with us, yet this year they will be slightly later, and the main contenders will perhaps look somewhat different to years gone by. Much of the blame can be shown to be the pandemic, of course, … Read more

Oscars announce shortlists for first nine Academy Award categories

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced shortlists in nine categories for the 93rd Academy Awards: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects. DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary … Read more

17 scientific and technical achievements honoured with Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 17 scientific and technical achievements represented by 55 individual award recipients, as well as two companies, honoured in a virtual Scientific and Technical Awards presentation.  Hosted by filmmaker Nia DaCosta (Little Woods), the presentation also featured a special segment hosted by Kathleen Kennedy, Oscar-nominated producer … Read more

March 2020: Just One Language – Visual Language

Just one language – visual language Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Just one language – visual language Across The Pond / Mark London Williams By the time you read this in March – which side of the “Ides” you find yourself on – the Oscars and award season itself will be, as previously … Read more

Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC / 1917

Deakins’ visuals on 1917 win the Academy Award for CInematography

1917 was a three-time Oscar winner at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday 9th February, including the trophy for ‘Best Cinematography’ to Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC. The World War One feature, filmed to appear as a one continuous shot, held off competition from The Irishman (DP Rodrigo Prieto), Joker (DP Lawrence Sher), One Upon … Read more

Piotr Sobociński Jr PSC / Corpus Christi

Colours Of Faith Piotr Sobociński Jr PSC / Corpus Christi Colours Of Faith Piotr Sobociński Jr PSC / Corpus Christi BY: Darek Kuzma After forging for himself a reputation of one of the leading Polish cinematographers, Piotr Sobociński Jr PSC is on the fast track to astonish the world. Jan Komasa’s internationally applauded Corpus Christi … Read more

BSC’s Roger Deakins Is Oscar Contender Again As 2020 Nominations Are Revealed

Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC is in contention to collect a second Oscar in three years in the ‘Best Cinematography’ category after being chosen in the 92nd Academy Awards nominations for his work on 1917. There was also arguably a surprise contender in the mix, as the final five were revealed earlier today. Deakins, with … Read more

Caleb Deschanel ASC / Never Look Away & The Lion King

Shock of the New Caleb Deschanel ASC / Never Look Away & The Lion King Shock of the New Caleb Deschanel ASC / Never Look Away & The Lion King WANT TO READ IT ALL? Below is only a teaser, and the full interview can be found in the July 2019 issue (94) of British … Read more

February 2019: Singing the Praises

Singing the Praises Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Singing the Praises Across The Pond / Mark London Williams One of the great ironies of the now-concluded award season in L.A. (by which we mean, “the lull before the Emmy campaigns start”) especially for this column, is that if you wanted to talk to … Read more

Cuarón’s Roma wins the Academy Award for CInematography

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma was a three-time Oscar winner at the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday 24th February, including the trophy for ‘Best Cinematography’. The semi-biographical take on legendary Mexican filmmaker’s upbringing in the nation’s capital, held off competition from The Favourite (DP Robbie Ryan BSC ISC), Cold War (DP Łukasz Żal PSC), A Star Is … Read more

ASC Protests Academy’s Decision on Cinematography Oscar Presentation

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and their president Kees Van Oostrum have protested Monday’s decision by AMPAS to present four Oscar categories, including Cinematography, during commercial breaks in the 91st Academy Awards’ telecast on 24th February. The Academy on Monday announced that four Oscar categories, including cinematography and editing, would be presented during commercial … Read more

January 2019: A Common Language Among Filmmakers

A Common Language Among Filmmakers Across The Pond / Mark London Williams A Common Language Among Filmmakers Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Sort of like the space between the end of the first Daniel Craig James Bond film, and the start of the next, consider that we’re picking up essentially where we left … Read more

BSC’s Robbie Ryan Is Oscar Contender As Nominations Are Revealed

Robbie Ryan BSC ISC is in contention to make it consecutive Oscars for BSC members in the ‘Best Cinematography’ category, after being chosen in the 91st Academy Awards nominations for his work on The Favourite. There was also arguably a surprise contender in the mix, as the final five were revealed earlier today. Irish DP … Read more