TMP Oscars Winners Edition: Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
It’s the first Thursday of the month which means it is time for our Oscars Winners Edition. Today we’re going to cover best cinematoraphy as well as best visual effects. I bring you three picks for each!

#1 The Revenant

Let’s start with best cinematography, shall we? While I didn’t love The Revenant, the cinematography there is outstanding. DiCaprio had been overdue for an Oscar but he had better performances than this one. While I wish he hadn’t won, the movie definitely deserved this win!

#2 The Aviator

Speaking of DiCaprio, as I was browsing Wikipedia for movies that won in the cinematography category, I found out that one got an award. It’s not a perfect film but intriguing enough and beautifully made.

#3 Pan’s Labyrinth

Just look how stunning this movie is!

#1 Lord of the Rings

All three Lord of the Rings movie won in the visual effects category. Even if you don’t care for the story, you can appreciate how well the film was made. Visuals are such an important part of every movie and with these ones they really nailed it.

#2 The Matrix

I hadn’t been aware that The Matrix had gotten an Academy Award for visual effects but it totally makes sense. This movie certainly is iconic in this department.

#3 Star Wars

According to Wikipedia, Star War also won three times, one award for each movie of the original trilogy. I do think that when those movies came out the visual effects were super new and special, so I am glad that was recognized!

What’s your favorite winner for cinematography or visual effects? Let me know in the comments!

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13 thoughts on “TMP Oscars Winners Edition: Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects

  1. I’m split evenly three and three on your picks. Loved The Aviator really liked Pan’s Labyrinth and liked Star Wars but the other three I loathed. Despite my detestation of them I will grant that visually they are rich looking films.

    I went strictly with Cinematography this time out.

    The Black Swan (1942)-Florid swashbuckler with Tyrone Power as reformed privateer Jamie Waring. Commissioned by the newly pardoned master pirate Henry Morgan (Laird Cregar) now governor of Jamaica to offer amnesty to the other bandits of the sea he sets off on the task along with his trusty sidekick Tommy Blue (Thomas Mitchell) but runs afoul of renegade picaroon Billy Leech (George Sanders-buried under a red wig and beard) and his henchman Wogan (Anthony Quinn) who refuse to give up their thieving ways. Much swordplay ensues. All the while Waring romances the fiery beauty Lady Margaret Denby (Maureen O’Hara). This all unfurls in lush sumptuously rich Technicolor provided by Leon Shamroy who won the Best Color Cinematography Oscar, at the time the category was divided between color and black and white.

    A River Runs Through It (1992)-Mediative drama of two Montana brothers Norman and Paul Maclean (Paul Sheffer and Brad Pitt) and the divergent paths their lives take with their shared love of fly-fishing serving as a metaphor for the vagaries of life. While the story is solid and the acting by the entire cast superior it’s the breathtaking vistas as well as the more intimate scenes shot by Oscar winner Phillipe Rousselot that truly dazzle the eye.

    Legends of the Fall (1994)-Brothers Tristan, Alfred and Samuel Ludlow (Brad Pitt, Aidan Quinn and Henry Thomas) all love the same woman, Susannah Fincannon (Julia Ormond) in the wide-open spaces of their father William’s (Anthony Hopkins) sprawling ranch leading to sorrow for all. Sweeping family melodrama once again set in Montana but a quite different one than A River Runs Through It. This is the Montana of vast spaces and operatic happenings and emotions. Venturing farther afield to other continents and the majesty of the ocean cinematographer John Toll earned his award by using his keen eye to lend a strong chiaroscuro element to the picture.

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  2. I hadn’t known Star Wars won for Best Visual Effects! I love your other choices as well. I never watched The Revenant though. It looked so depressing… and COLD. Which I suppose was the point 🙂 great picks!

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    • I wasn’t aware of that either until I checked Wikipedia! Can’t say that I am surprised though, I can’t really think of any other films from the same period that are equally visually impressive. 🙂


  3. Great picks here! The Revenant is an excellent film but not sure when I will watch it again. The Aviator is excellent and so visual. Love Pan’s Labyrinth which is so beautiful in an ugly time and so sad. Love, love, love LOTR which works so well with the cinematography as well as the special effects. The Matrix works here especially when you think of how much the slow motion and the way Neo bends back to miss the bullet or when they a4e in mid air and stop before kicking the bad guys. This is now often repeated in lather films but I am not a fan of it. I think they should have just stopped with the first film. We match with Star Wars which started all special effects as we know it today.

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