Best Cinematography – 2016

Films are ranked in order of likelihood of being nominated.

List Last Updated: 12/22/16


1) Moonlight  

  • Distributor: A24/Plan B Entertainment
  • Director: Barry Jenkins
  • Cinematographer: James Laxton
  • Starring: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Ashton Sanders
  • Where You Can See It: Theaters (Limited Release)


2) La La Land

  • Distributor: Lionsgate
  • Director: Damien Chazelle
  • Cinematographer: Linus Sandgren
  • Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J.K. Simmons
  • Where You Can See It: Theaters (Wide Release) – Starting  12/16


3) Arrival

  • Distributor: Paramount Pictures
  • Director: Denis Villeneuve
  • Cinematographer: Bradford Young
  • Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
  • Where You Can See It: Theaters (Wide Release)


4) Jackie

  • Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • Director: Pablo Larrain
  • Cinematographer: Stephane Fontaine
  • Starring: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig
  • You Can See It: Theaters (Limited Release)


5) Silence

  • Distributor: Paramount Pictures
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Cinematographer: Rodrigo Prieto
  • Starring: Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Adam Driver
  • Where You Can See It: Theaters (Limited Release) – 12/23, (Wide Release) – 1/6/17


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6) Knight of Cups

  • Distributor: Broad Green Pictures
  • Director: Terrence Malick
  • Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki
  • Starring: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman
  • You Can See It: Amazon


7) Nocturnal Animals

  • Distributor: Focus Features
  • Director: Tom Ford
  • Cinematographer: Seamus McGarvey
  • Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon
  • You Can See It: Theaters (Wide Release)


8) Hell or High Water

  • Distributor: CBS Films
  • Director: David Mackenzie
  • Cinematographer: Giles Nuttgens
  • Starring: Ben Foster, Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges
  • Where You Can See It: Amazon, Netflix, Redbox


9) Cafe Society

  • Distributor: Lionsgate/Amazon Studios
  • Director: Woody Allen
  • Cinematographer: Vittorio Storaro
  • Starring: Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Corey Stoll
  • Where You Can See It: Amazon, Redbox


10) Manchester by the Sea 

  • Distributor: Roadside Attractions/Amazon Studios
  • Director: Kenneth Lonergan
  • Cinematographer: Jody Lee Lipes
  • Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges
  • Where You Can See It: Theaters (Limited Release)