Final Oscars Predictions: Best Cinematography — ‘The Batman’ Aides Greig Fraser Towards an Oscar for ‘Dune’

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2022 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

UPDATED: March 24, 2022

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY:

The race for best cinematography is among the most competitive races this year at the Oscars. It’s between Greig Fraser’s diligent work on “Dune” and Ari Wegner’s passionately framed “The Power of the Dog.” In a close race that could go in any direction, both are the top two leading winners of the awards season so far.

The American Society of Cinematographers handed out its top prize in feature film visual storytelling to “Dune.” Last year’s winner, Erik Messerschmidt for “Mank,” who presented the feature film prize to Greig Fraser, won the Oscar without any other major precursor. Fraser is aided by the domination of “Dune” in the artisan races, in addition to the success and beauty of Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” which may have helped during final voting.

While Wegner’s nomination is historic as the second woman to be nominated for cinematography, and the Critics Choice gave her a boost with their award, she’s hoping the love for “The Power of the Dog” runs deep enough to push her over the edge. If “The Power of the Dog” were to win best picture, the movie would be the first shot by a woman to win the top prize. That would also be the case for “CODA” cinematographer Paula Huidobro, who wasn’t nominated.

Will win: “Dune” (Warner Bros) – Greig Fraser
Could win: “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix) – Ari Wegner
Should win: “Dune” (Warner Bros) – Greig Fraser
Should have been here: “In the Heights” (Warner Bros) – Alice Brooks

Precursor Awards Leader:
“Dune” (Warner Bros) – Greig Fraser
Awards Season Calendar

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ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:

RANK

FILM

STUDIO

CINEMATOGRAPHER

1

“Dune”

Warner Bros

Greig Fraser

2

“The Power of the Dog”

Netflix

Ari Wegner

3

“Nightmare Alley”

Searchlight Pictures

Dan Laustsen

4

“West Side Story”

20th Century Studios

Janusz Kamiński

5

“The Tragedy of Macbeth”

Apple Original Films/A24

Bruno Delbonnel

AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Cinematography)

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The most awarded films in Oscar history are “Ben-Hur,” “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” at 11 statuettes. The most nominated films in Academy history are “All About Eve,” “Titanic” and “La La Land” at 14. “La La Land” is the only film of the three to have lost best picture. The most significant Oscar “losers,” meaning most nominated and walk away with zero awards, are 1977’s “The Turning Point” and 1985’s “The Color Purple” at 11 each.

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About the Academy Awards (Oscars)

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