Contender – Cinematographer Dick Pope, Mr. Turner

In his latest movie Mr. Turner, British director Mike Leigh immerses audiences in the early 19th century world of J.M.W. Turner. Turner is considered to be one of England’s greatest artists as well as the precursor of Impressionism, and is known as “the painter of light.” (His final deathbed utterance: “The Sun is God.”) Painterly, light-filled and ravishing, the cinematography of Dick Pope, the film’s director of photography, is appropriately anchored in the distinctive color schemes, subject matter and illumination used by the artist. […]


J.C. Chandor Revisits New York of the ’80s in A Most Violent Year

J.C. Chandor is excited to be putting A Most Violent Year into the world. Written also by the director, the film, set in New York during the winter of 1981, statistically the most violent year in the city’s history, tracks the story of a man (Oscar Issac) as he attempts to protect his wife (Jessica Chastain), his family and expand his business amid the corruption and obstacles that stand in his way. Chandor is also known for Margin Call (2011), for which he received an Academy Award nomination for best writing of an original screenplay, and All is Lost (2013). […]


Contenders – Directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, Boxtrolls

Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi‘s film The Boxtrolls ends with a shot in which a long pull-out begins to reveal an animator at work around the foot-high puppets with which the film was shot. The fact that modern audiences may actually need this reminder of the almost absurd amount of effort that’s intrinsic to stop motion is an indication of how rare it is; not since Laika‘s previous film, the Oscar-nominated ParaNorman, has the technique won such widespread acclaim. […]


Contender – Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson, Noah

In Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah, the creator of the world chooses a man (Russell Crowe) and his family to build an ark and fill it with the world’s animals before a world-wide flood cleanses everything left behind. On hand to dress the inhabitants of this world was costume designer Michael Wilkinson, who is known for his work on 300 (2006), Man of Steel (2013) and American Hustle (2013) for which he received an Academy Award nomination. Wilkinson was as eager to work with Aronofsky as he was drawn to the script. […]


Contender – Cinematographer Robert Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Robert Yeoman, the director of photography on The Grand Budapest Hotel, has been director Wes Anderson’s cinematographer of choice for nearly two decades. The enduring collaboration dates back to Bottle Rocket in 1996 and encompasses nearly all of the individualistic director-screenwriter’s droll and stylish confections, most notably Rushmore, The Royal Tennenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom. […]


Contender – Costume Designer Ruth Carter, Selma

Ava DuVernay‘s Selma documents the civil rights marches that shaped America. On hand to dress all the thousands of people involved was costume designer Ruth Carter. Known for her work on Serenity (2005), as well as her Oscar-nominated costume designs for Malcolm X (1992) and Amistad (1997), Carter is no stranger to historical dramas. […]


Contender – Cinematographer Benoît Delhomme, The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything is a biopic about Stephen Hawking, the brilliant English cosmologist who was afflicted with motor neuron disease when he was 21. Though severely limited in his ability to move or speak, he nonetheless developed breakthrough theories about the origins of the universe. And as author of 10-million copy bestseller A Brief History of Time, he became and remains well known to a worldwide audience from his many public appearances. […]