As the deadline for Oscar nomination balloting nears, more of Hollywood’s guilds are announcing their year-end honors and giving us a hint at what’s to come.
The American Society of Cinematographers announced the nominees in the always competitive theatrical release category. They are as follows:
Roger Deakins, “Sicario”
Janusz Kaminski, “Bridge of Spies”
Ed Lachman, “Carol”
Emmanuel Lubezki, “The Revenant”
John Seale, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
The obvious snub here is Robert Richardson’s lauded work on “The Hateful Eight.” The fact Kaminski was the likely fifth pick over Richardson by many in the guild may be a sign his fellow D.P.’s were not as impressed by the use of 70 MM camerawork than they were supposed to be. There may also be a lack of love for the film itself after it was snubbed by the Producers Guild for their year-end honors. No matter what the case, those six men are expected to be in the mix for the Best Cinematography Oscar when nominations are announced next Thursday. The ASC Awards will be handed out on February 14 in Los Angeles.
The WGA Awards were also announced this morning but their importance is noted with a huge asterisk. The Writer’s Guild does not recognize works by authors who are not members of their union and that means a long list of films were disqualified from consideration this year including “The Hateful Eight,” “Brooklyn,” “Youth,” “Room,” “45 Years,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Anomalisa,” and “Inside Out.” Outside of “Youth” almost all those films have a shot at an Oscar nod which suggests the following nominees may not match up very closely to their respective Academy Award categories. For example, it would be somewhat shocking if “Trumbo” made the Oscar cut in Adapted over “Room,” “45 Years” or “Brooklyn” and “Trainwreck” is a borderline Oscar nominee in the Original category.
The WGA Awards will be handed out on February 13 in ceremonies held simultaneously in New York and Los Angeles.
The nominees are as follows:
Bridge of Spies
Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen; DreamWorks Pictures
Written by Taylor Sheridan; Lionsgate
Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy; Open Road Films
Straight Outta Compton
Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by
S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff; Universal Pictures
Written by Amy Schumer; Universal Pictures
The Big Short
Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; Based on the Book by Michael Lewis; Paramount Pictures
Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy; Based on the Novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith; The Weinstein Company
Screenplay by Drew Goddard; Based on the Novel by Andy Weir; Twentieth Century Fox
Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the Book by Walter Isaacson; Universal Pictures
Written by John McNamara; Based on the Biography by Bruce Cook; Bleecker Street Media
Written by Robert Cohen; Candy Factory Films
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Written by Brett Morgen; HBO Documentary Films
Written by Amy J. Berg; Showtime Documentary Films
*It’s worth nothing that out of these four nominees only “Going Clear” made the shortlist for the Documentary Feature Oscar.