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Cinematographer Bradford Young’s work on Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi drama Arrival not only delivered him his first Oscar nomination, but it also made him the second black cinematographer to be nominated in the category. The first was Remi Adefarasin for 1998’s Elizabeth.
He’s nominated alongside Linus Sandgren for La La Land, Greig Fraser for Lion, James Laxton for Moonlight and Rodrigo Prieto for Silence. Prieto was previously nominated for Brokeback Mountain; the rest are first-time nominees.
Young’s work on Arrival has also brought him his first BAFTA and American Society of Cinematographers Award nominations, as well as such accolades as the Silver Frog from Camerimage. The Louisville native’s additional work in recent years included Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, A Most Violent Year and Selma.
Young, Prieto and Sandgren recently participated in The Hollywood Reporter’s cinematographer roundtable, which can be viewed here.
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