Oscar Contenders

Can 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Nab a Cinematography Nomination?

Ben Richardson discusses his work on the film

Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry in Beasts of the Southern Wild
Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry in Beasts of the Southern Wild
Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures

As I said yesterday when I posted the featurettes on the sound and effects of Flight, I am putting together my Oscar predictions for the technical categories and one that is essentially ready to be published is Best Cinematography, but I'm going to hold off just for a bit since I am seeing Life of Pi tonight, and Claudio Miranda (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) looks like a major contender.

That said, Gold Derby's Tom O'Neil just posted this following interview with Ben Richardson for his work in Beasts of the Southern Wild, a gritty, down-in-the-dirt and magical drama that very easily could find itself with a nomination in Cinematography along with several other categories.

Richardson discusses his work in the film and the first time he met the film's young star, Quvenzhané Wallis and how he developed his shooting style on the picture around her and her comfortable nature around the camera.

The conversation regarding Wallis, as a matter of fact, made me think of how Fox Searchlight will probably be sure to get her out and about campaigning. Personally it sounds a little iffy trotting around an eight-year-old (soon to be 9) on an Oscar campaign, but from what I've seen, and O'Neil describes her the same way, she's got a personality and that could go a long way with voters. The conversation Richardson and O'Neil have regarding her approach definitely makes her sound more like a comfortable actor rather than a kid that just managed to "get it right" with her performance.

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  • David Baker

    I am really hoping for a strong turnout during the awards season for Beasts. As of today, it still remains my #1 movie of the year so far (Argo being a close second). Really, just couldn't get enough of this film. Saw it 8 times in theaters...waste of money? I think not.

  • http://custodianfilmcritic.com Timbo

    Do you think the score for Beasts will be nominated? I thought it was incredible.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      I haven't looked too close at the score category yet, but I remember it being a good one, even commented on it in my review.

    • bss121

      I really hope it's nominated. By far my favorite score of the past decade.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Travis/ Travis

    I have doubts on this films Best Picture chances, But score is a possibility for me and I find Actress a near-lock

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Adu/ Adu

    It is a truly great movie...the movie's score is amazing too.