Of the five men nominated for best achievement in cinematography Thursday morning, three shot their movies the old fashioned way — on 35-millimeter film stock — while the others embraced the new industry standard — digital film.
Three-time Oscar winner Bob Richardson, the go-to cinematography ace for such directors as Martin Scorsese and Oliver Stone, was honored for his work on Quentin Tarantino’s lushly visual slavery-revenge-drama-cum-spaghetti-western “Django Unchained.”
“I don’t know if another nomination will come my way for the remainder of my life that will be for work I do on film,” said Richardson, who was sound asleep in Malibu when his nomination was announced. “Quentin doesn’t want to be involved with any project that isn’t film-oriented in the feature market. His love of film is so high, to have this film in particular be recognized is a great honor.”
Richardson’s competition in the category, "Lincoln" cinematographer Janusz Kaminski and "Anna Karenina's" Seamus McGarvey also used 35 milimeter film while Claudio Miranda shot “Life of Pi” in digital 3-D and Roger Deakins of “Skyfall” relied upon digital format film.