Despite the ARRI Alexa remaining the most popular camera option, this year’s Oscar-nominated filmmakers also opted to shoot their films on film.
Early this morning, the nominees for the 91st Academy Awards were announced. As predicted, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma received its share of nominations, 10 to be exact, including Best Picture and Best Director, as well as Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born receiving a not-too-shabby 8, with leads Lady Gaga and Cooper receiving noms for Best Actress and Best Actor.
While each nominee offers plenty of insight into the art of filmmaking, this year’s group is particularly interesting in terms of cinematography, especially compared to previous years. For example, three films, Cuarón’s Roma, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away, were all nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography, with the first two being shot in black and white.
Furthermore, we’re seeing a big deviation from 2018 in camera and lens choices with an almost even split between the ARRI Alexa Mini and film cameras, as well as a steep decline in the diversity of equipment used.
Once again, we’re providing you with a roundup of all of the cameras and lenses used to make the films contending for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography, but this year we’ve created a nifty infographic just to make things a little more interesting (as well as informational).
If you want to compare this year’s Oscar-nominee camera and lens choices to those of previous years, check out our other roundups.