Best Cinematography Predictions for Oscars 2023

Best Cinematography Predictions for Oscars 2023 ...

The most recent Oscar predictions will be released throughout the season, so keep an eye on IndieWire for the latest news from the 2023 Oscar nomination round. The official Oscar nominations will be announced on January 24, 2023. The final voting will take place between March 2 and 7, 2023. The 95th Oscars will be broadcast live on ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

Read our initial predictions for what to expect from the 95th Academy Awards here.

Roger Deakins ("Empire of Light"), James Friend ("All Quiet on the Western Front"), Florian Hoffmeister ("TR"), Darius Khondji ("Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths"), and Mandy Walker ("Elvis") were nominated for the Best Cinematography Oscar on Tuesday.

Deakins, Khondji, and Walker were among the nominees for the 37th Annual ASC Awards, which will be held March 5 at the Beverly Hilton and live streamed. Even if you don't believe us, Miranda might be the one who won the Oscar for his inventive work on the high-octane film "Maverick."

The nominees of Friend and Hoffmeister were pleasant surprises: Friend digitally shot Edward Berger's celebrated anti-war drama (a Best Picture nominee as well as Germany's nominee for international film) like an immersive horror film with a mixture of large format cameras. With a series of long takes on the battlefield and in the trenches of World War I, he captured the sheer scope of the relentless artillery assaults and massive slaughter.

Hoffmeister, who won the highest award at Poland's Cameraimage International Film Festival, digitally shot Todd Field's Best Picture nominee about uncompromising composer-conductor Lydia Tár (Cate Blanchett, the Best Actress favorite) as a clinical dance between subjectivity and reality. He was especially inspired by German New Objectivity, especially photographers Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth.

Walker captured Baz Luhrmann's fiery portrayal of Elvis Presley in a carnival-like period mood. Her work on "Elvis" has already won the Audience Award and the Festival Director's Award from the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.

Khondji has received his first nomination since "Evita" and his initial collaboration with filmmaker Alejandro González Iárritu. For Iárritu's incredible, semi-autobiographical return to Mexico City, Khondji (second-place prize winner at Camerimage and winner of the festival's International Federation of Film Critics Award) evoked the city as a wildly imaginative mindscape through the blurring of reality and memory.

Deakins, the most well-known Oscar nominee for "1917" and "Blade Runner 2049," has been nominated for 16 years, yet finds himself in the position of dark horse for exquisitely lensing Sam Mendes' underappreciated love letter to English cinema from the 1980s, which offered the perfect setting with beautiful skies and the gray sea.

Janusz Kamiski (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Schindler’s List”), for his multi-layered period work on Steven Spielberg's semi-autobiographical "The Fabelmans," "Nope," which ranked in IndieWire's Best Cinematography of 2022 list, and "Titanic" Oscar winner Russell Carpenter, who leaned too heavily on the latter to please voters.

Below are the nominees ranked in order of likelihood to win:

Mandy Walker ("Elvis") James Friend ("All Quiet on the Western Front") Roger Deakins ("Empire of Light") Darius Khondji ("Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths") Florian Hoffmeister ("TR")