Teams that Stay Together
These award-winning duos should know: A powerful bond between director and cinematographer can mean the difference between an OK effort and a slew of Oscar nominations
War Horse (2011)
Steven Spielberg & Janusz Kaminski
And Also: Schindler's List (1993), Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Kaminski's work with Spielberg spans two decades -- a collaboration that has netted him two cinematography Oscars (Schindler's, Private Ryan). "He works with the actors and I work with the shadows," says Kaminski.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
David Fincher & Jeff Cronenweth
And Also: Fight Club (1999), The Social Network (2010)
Sure, Cronenweth's father was famed Blade Runner DP Jordan Cronenweth, but the Oscar nominee (The Social Network) has more than earned his post as Fincher's go-to DP since they first worked together on Se7en.
J. Edgar (2011)
Clint Eastwood & Tom Stern
And Also: Mystic River (2003), Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Eastwood gave Stern, his former chief lighting technician, a big break on 2002's Blood Work and they've stuck together ever since. When not working at Eastwood's breakneck pace, Stern lives in the south of France.
Martin Scorsese & Robert Richardson
And Also: Casino (1995), The Aviator (2004)
The two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer (JFK, The Aviator) made history with Scorsese as Hugo marked the frequent collaborators' first ever use of digital cinematography, as well as 3D, to lens a feature film.
Young Adult (2011)
Jason Reitman & Eric Steelberg
And Also: Juno (2007), Up in the Air (2009)
At 34, Steelberg is a bona fide youth compared with his peers. The accomplished film and TV DP (Eastbound & Down) reteamed with Reitman, also 34, after their two previous Oscar-contending films.
The Tree of Life (2011)
Terrence Malick & Emmanuel Lubezki
And Also: The New World (2005), Untitled Malick Project (2012)
Lubezki earned his third out of four Oscar noms for his previous teaming with Malick in 2005's The New World. He's also forged another rare long-lasting bond with Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men).
A Dangerous Method (2011)
David Cronenberg & Peter Suschitzky
And Also: Dead Ringers (1988), Crash (1996)
Polish-born Suschitzky, the DP on The Empire Strikes Back, joined up with Cronenberg on Dead Ringers and has stuck with the indie kingpin. Their 10th movie in 23 years, an adaptation of Don DeLillo's Cosmopolis, is due in 2012.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
Stephen Daldry & Chris Menges
And Also: The Reader (2008)
The 71-year-old Menges is among a handful of cinematographers idolized by his peers. His reteaming with fellow Brit Daldry following The Reader speaks volumes to the picky DP's commitment to their partnership.
The Descendants (2011)
Alexander Payne & Phedon Papamichael
And Also: Sideways (2004)
In both the Oscar-winning Sideways and Descendants, the duo strived to portray what Payne calls "the banality of things." Their aesthetic was put to the ultimate test in capturing the tourist-primed lushness of Hawaii.