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Oscars - Best Cinematography

"There are a lot of cameramen but not so many photographers… They look, but they don't see." - Gordon Willis

The films in this collection were shot by people who see sharper and deeper than most; elegant visions made real by legends like Jack Cardiff, Vittorio Storaro and Dick Pope.

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WINNERS

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Apocalypse NowApocalypse Now

War1979141 minsDirector: Francis Ford Coppola

Transplanting Joseph Conrad’s colonial-era novel Heart of Darkness to Vietnam, Coppola created a mesmerising fantasia on the spectacle of war.

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There Will Be BloodThere Will Be Blood

Drama2007158 minsDirector: Paul Thomas Anderson

Daniel Day-Lewis' Oscar-winning performance as a ruthless oil baron bestrides Paul Thomas Anderson's towering 21st-century classic.

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River Runs through ItRiver Runs through It

Biopic1992124 minsDirector: Robert Redford

Two contrasting and occasionally conflicted brothers find solace while fly fishing the rivers of their Montana home.

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Slumdog MillionaireSlumdog Millionaire

Drama2008120 minsDirector: Danny Boyle

Danny Boyle’s crowdpleaser, based around the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, won the Oscar for best picture.

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La La LandLa La Land

Musical2016128 minsDirector: Damien Chazelle

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone channel old-school Hollywood glamour in this bright and playful romantic musical from director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash).

NOMINEES

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SilenceSilence

Drama2016161 minsDirector: Martin Scorsese

Scorsese’s epic meditation on spiritual strength, with Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as missionaries on the search for their missing mentor.

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ArrivalArrival

Science Fiction2016116 minsDirector: Denis Villeneuve

Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner star as the humans who make first contact with extra-terrestrial visitors in this richly textured sci-fi from director Denis Villeneuve.

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MoonlightMoonlight

Drama2016111 minsDirector: Barry Jenkins

Winner of the 2017 Oscar for Best Picture (eventually!), Barry Jenkins’ intoxicating drama follows the furtive life of a gay black boy through 80s Miami.

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The White RibbonThe White Ribbon

Drama2009143 minsDirector: Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke's Cannes prizewinner, set in a pre-WW1 German village, explores the oppressively strict social conditions that gave rise to Nazism

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IdaIda

Drama201482 minsDirector: Pawel Pawlikowski

The Best Film winner at the 2013 BFI London Film Festival is an exquisitely shot, moving drama about a Polish nun exploring her family past, from UK-based director Pawel Pawlikowski.

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Double IndemnityDouble Indemnity

Crime1944108 minsDirector: Billy Wilder

Barbara Stanwyck is the housewife who dupes an insurance salesman into a devious murder plot, in this giant of American cinema - the archetypal Film Noir.

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Girl with a Pearl EarringGirl with a Pearl Earring

Period drama200396 minsDirector: Peter Webber

Colin Firth and Scarlet Johansson star in the fictionalised romance about the Dutch master Vermeer and his attraction to the subject of his famous painting.

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Inside Llewyn DavisInside Llewyn Davis

Drama2012100 minsDirector: Joel Coen

The Coen brothers’ funny, melancholic elegy to early 1960s folk music follows a struggling songwriter through a winter’s worth of misdeeds, mishaps and lost cats.

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The King's SpeechThe King's Speech

Historical drama2010113 minsDirector: Tom Hooper

Oscar-winning tale of the relationship between King George VI (Colin Firth) and the Australian speech therapist who treated his stammer.

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The GrandmasterThe Grandmaster

Action and Adventure2013109 minsDirector: Wong Kar-wai

Wong Kar-Wai’s lavish martial arts biopic tells the story of Ip Man, the legendary trainer who became Bruce Lee’s mentor.

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CarolCarol

Drama2014119 minsDirector: Todd Haynes

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara illuminate Todd Haynes’ intoxicating adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s beloved novel.

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SicarioSicario

Crime2015121 minsDirector: Denis Villeneuve

Emily Blunt plays the FBI agent enlisted for a special operation against Mexican cartels, in this pulsatingly tense thriller from Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Prisoners).

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The Lost WeekendThe Lost Weekend

Drama1945101 minsDirector: Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder’s still searing film about alcoholism remains one of only two films to have won the Best Picture Oscar and the top prize at Cannes Film Festival.

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PsychoPsycho

Horror1960109 minsDirector: Alfred Hitchcock

Blood! Blood! Hitchcock’s masterpiece was his most successful film; a sensation in its time that continues to terrify.

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Rear WindowRear Window

Thriller1954112 minsDirector: Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock’s masterly thriller stars James Stewart as an invalided photographer who spots something fishy outside his rear window.

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Children of MenChildren of Men

Science Fiction2006109 minsDirector: Alfonso Cuarón

In an apocalyptic future Britain, a civil servant is unexpectedly entrusted with the fate of humanity in Alfonso Cuarón’s gripping and thoughtful sci-fi.

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The Hurt LockerThe Hurt Locker

War2008131 minsDirector: Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow won the Best Director Academy Award in 2010 for this visceral, thrilling story of an American maverick bomb disarmer in Iraq.

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All Quiet on the Western FrontAll Quiet on the Western Front

War1930133 minsDirector: Lewis Milestone

Lewis Milestone's pioneering, Oscar®-winning film is one of the most powerful films about the consequences of war

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Mr. TurnerMr. Turner

Biopic2014150 minsDirector: Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh’s Cannes-winning account of the later years of J. M. W. Turner, brilliantly played by Timothy Spall.