Feinberg Forecast: Cinematography

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THR awards analyst Scott Feinberg picks the top five lensmen with Oscar potential.

The Tree of Life
Emmanuel Lubezki

Lubezki, who has received four Oscar noms in 15 years (including one for Malick's The New World), is the clear frontrunner. For his gorgeous work -- captured on 35mm primarily using a handheld camera and natural light -- the Mexican has virtually swept the critics' awards and earned a Critics' Choice nom Dec. 13.

War Horse
Janusz Kaminski

The DP on every Spielberg-directed film since Schindler's List has earned four Oscar noms and two wins over the 18 years since. For the World War I epic, he used a color palette and sweeping landscape footage that evoke the best John Ford movies. He also received a Critics' Choice nom.

Robert Richardson

His seventh collaboration with Scorsese marked the first 3D venture for both. The two-time Oscar winner (most recently for Scorsese's The Aviator) makes the camera itself a character, zooming through the nooks and crannies of a Paris train station. He placed second with the Boston film critics and earned a Critics' Choice nom.

The Artist
Guillaume Schiffman

For decades one of the top cinematographers in his native France, this is Schiffman's third teaming with director Hazanavicius. He screened dozens of great silent-era films, then faithfully re-created their feel in this loving homage to the period. His efforts also were rewarded with a Critics' Choice nom.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Chris Menges

The British veteran, who has won twice and has been nominated two other times (one for Daldry's previous film, The Reader), manages to capture indelible images -- from the first scene, in slo-mo, to the last, freeze-framed -- without feeling showy. This is the first time he has shot in digital.