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  • James Kunovski

Tribute to Those Overlooked: Cinematography

“A lot of cinematography is intuition. It's an art, not a formula.” – Reed Morano

Overlooked by the Academy, yet still outstanding as ever, the following five works embody an effervescent spirit of cinema.


Enter the Void | 2009

Cinematography by Benoît Debie

For its transfixing and hallucinogenic fly-on-the-wall portrait of neon-stocked Tokyo.

Who won in its eligible year?

Inception, cinematography by Wally Pfister

Cinematography by Benoît Debie, Wild Bunch


The Handmaiden | 2016

Cinematography by Chung-hoon Chung

For its attractive pairing of lavish atmosphere and sumptuous period design.

Who won in its eligible year?

La La Land, cinematography by Linus Sandgren

Cinematography by Chung-hoon Chung, CJ Entertainment


In the Mood for Love | 2000

Cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping Bin

For its voyeuristic yet careful quality.

Who won in its eligible year?

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, cinematography by Andrew Lesnie

Cinematography by Christopher Doyle & Mark Lee Ping Bin, Paradis Films


Touch of Evil | 1958

Cinematography by Russell Metty and Harry Keller

For its investigational and influential authority.

Who won in its eligible year?

The Defiant Ones, cinematography by Sam Leavitt

Cinematography by Russell Metty& Harry Keller, Universal Pictures


Written on the Wind | 1956

Cinematography by Russell Metty

For its hypnotising comprehension of colour, perception and emotion.

Who won in its eligible year?

Around the World in 80 Days, cinematography by Lionel Lindon

Cinematography by Russell Metty, Universal Pictures


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