All 17 Oscar Best Cinematography Winners of the 21st Century Ranked from Worst to Best

By David Zou

Cinematography is the aspect of filmmaking most unique to the medium. The camera has a relation to the spectator as well as what is being filmed; it’s the bare bones of the genuine language of cinema.

The Academy Awards have honored films of beauty that deserved a golden statue in our millennia, while, as with any category or any given Oscar year, several injustices have been made. This list hopes to separate those films with timeless appeal from works of only a momentary impression.

17. Slumdog Millionaire

Caught between the handheld grain of a Paul Greengrass Bourne movie or the saturated sheen of a J J Abrams joint, Slumdog Millionaire attempts to express the rags to riches tale of an Indian boy, filtered by Englishman Danny Boyle to please the minimal integrity of the undiscerning American masses cloying for sentiment of just this variety.

The Best Picture winner of 2008 appeals to means of visual and narrative crowd-pleasing rather than providing a genuine slice of life perspective on poverty in India or any kind of Bollywood homage or revival.

Dutch angles, vibrant colors and kinetic, momentous energy only go so far in Slumdog, and it’s easily the least noteworthy of any film from any film walking away with Best Cinematography in the 21st century. With eight total Oscars wins, Slumdog Millionaire capitalized on a generally weak year, but for the category in question, the film somehow beat The Dark Knight.

16. Avatar

Single-handedly sending 3D back to the forefront of Hollywood moviemaking, Avatar was a critical and commercial phenomenon that would, if nothing else, earn James Cameron respect for his talents as a director of unmatched technical ambitions.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson Creates a 35mm Music Video-Doc for HAIM

By Liz Nord

Is there anything this prolific director can’t do?

Can’t wait for Paul Thomas Anderson’s next feature, Phantom Thread, in December? Neither can we. Fortunately, the multiple Oscar-nominated director has just released a 14-minute short to stave off our hunger.

Having successfully tried his hand at everything from epic, stylized period dramas to absurdist comedies, PTA got a taste for music documentaries with his last feature film, JunJun, a feature doc about the album of the same name created by an international collaboration between Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and musicians from India and Israel. Now, he combines his penchant for making music videos for the likes of Joanna Newsom and Aimee Mann with that music doc experience to bring us Valentine, a 14-minute hybrid music video and behind-the-scenes doc for the band HAIM.

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From:: No Film School