January 30, 2018 admin

Nominees for Best Cinematography 2017

Ask the average American to name a top movie director and they will probably not have much trouble naming quite a few such as Spielberg, Hitchcock, John Ford, Clint Eastwood, Joel and Ethan Cohen, Scorsese, Peter Jackson et al. However, ask most people about great cinematographers and their work and you will probably hear crickets. That is because the average person does not recognize how important the relationship between a director and his/her cinematographer is. The Oscar’s board of governors does recognize these professionals who are instrumental in conveying a director’s message to his/her audience. They have announced the nominees for best cinematography for 2017. (The actual ceremony will be held on March 5th.) Here is a list of the unsung heroes of the visual performing art who use light and color to create memorable moments for audiences around the world.
• Blade Runner 2049 (Roger Deakins): Deakins is a legend among his peers. This year marks his fourteenth Academy Award nomination for best cinematography. He was previously nominated for Unbroken (1994), True Grit (2010), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), et al. The movie is a follow up to the 1982 cult classic.download (2)
• Darkest Hour (Bruno Delbonnel): This movie marks the fifth nomination Delbonnel has received for best cinematography. Darkest Hour tells the story of Churchill’s strategy of trying to contain Hitler in the run-up to WWII.
• Dunkirk (Hoyte van Hoytema): This epic WWII movie has received numerous nominations including best directing, film editing, best picture, etc. Dunkirk is a first time effort for Hoytema.
• Mudbound (Rachel Morrison): This movie about race relations in the south following WWII is Morrison’s first Academy Award nomination.
• The Shape of Water (Dan Laustsen): Laustsen graduated from the Danish National Film School in 1979, and is a member of the Danish Society of Cinematographers. His past films include John Wick: Chapter 2, Darkness Falls, Brotherhood of the Wolf, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, et al.
Even though these men and women will probably not become household names after this year’s ceremony, that doesn’t mean that they should not be honored for their contribution to the arts. At Ratpac Dimmer where we have sell the wireless dimmers that make entertainment lighting venues more vibrant, we do recognize these artists and technicians. Our dimmer rental also allows our customers to make their contribution to the world of entertainment lighting.

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