More year-end (after the year’s end) film citations from me.
Yes, yes, I shall continue to say that I could not really say that I felt 2012 to be a banner year for films but it has been a banner year for various categories – production design, sound mixing, supporting actor (! More on that tomorrow) have all given me hell to come up with a final ballot. But, no other category was as much a treasure for me as the award for best cinematography. I shall admit, it’s always been my favourite “non-major” categories and I’m always partial to a film’s aesthetics. Instead of including my ballot on my visual awards long-list with editing, visual effects and choreography/bodywork (coming up soon-ish), I had to dedicate a full page to this category.
Runners-Up: Amour; Holy Motors; Life of Pi; Prometheus; A Royal Affair; Rust and Bone; Skyfall; Zero Dark Thirty
In a way, I’d even endorse any batch of my runners-up for a worthy category of nominations and there are maybe half a dozen more choices that were impressive in their own way, but my top 15 below.
(Photos take you to reviews, “reviews” or notes where available.)
#15: Cosmopolis (Peter Suschitzky)
#14: On the Road (Eric Gautier)
#13: Frankenweenie (Peter Sorg)
#12: The Hobbit (Andrew Lesnie)
#11:Lincoln (Janusz Kaminski)
#10: Killing Them Softly (Greg Fraiser)
#9: The Master (Mihai Malamaire Jr.)
#8: The Turin Horse (Fred Keleman)
#7: Tabu (Rui Poças)
#6: Cloud Atlas (Frank Griebe, John Toll)
...My ballot below the jump...
...from the 19th century to the 21st....
#5: Moonrise Kingdom (Robert D. Yeoman)
#4: Django Unchained (Ralph Richardson)
#3: The Deep Blue Sea (Florian Hoffmeister)
#2: Anna Karenina (Seamus McGarvey)
#1: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Gökhan Tiryaki)
So, that's my ballot. Which cinematographers left you breathless in 2012?