THE OSCAR PROJECT
The Oscar Project
A quest to watch every Oscar nominated film
This week we are getting back to a bit more solid list of films to choose from in picking your film for the challenge. The category this week is a Best Cinematography Winner. In order to help you with your selection, Wikipedia has a list of all the Best Cinematography winners (and nominees).
I feel it’s important to talk a bit about what cinematography is here before going much further. Many folks often think that the director of the film is the one who makes most of the choices about what goes into a shot, but that actually falls to the cinematographer, usually called the Director of Photography (DP). This individual sets the general look and feel of each scene including lighting, shot composition, and any coloring. Their role is intricately aligned with the director and you often fine directors working with the same DP on multiple films.
For more information on what a cinematographer does, check out the article “Film 101: What Is Cinematography and What Does a Cinematographer Do?” from MasterClass.com.
I’ve been taking progressive steps back in film history over the last month or so of movies, but this is my last older movie I’m watching for the challenge for a while. Every movie I have planned through the middle of July is from 1997 or later.
Rebecca is one that I’ve never seen from Hitchcock’s catalogue, even with taking an amazing Hitchcock Film class in college. I’m excited to see this one, especially since it is in the middle part of his career, before films like Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?