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ARRI Conquers the Academy Awards. RED? Not so Much.

Johnathan Paul

ARRI was the camera of choice for a majority of the 2015 Oscar nominees, while RED was noticeably absent for the second straight year. Let’s take a look at the major award categories and see who shot on what.

Oscar night is always full of revelations and bombshells, but one of the evening’s most interesting surprises was in the hardware representation category. Out of all the nominated films, Richard Linklaters’s Boyhood was the only film to not utilize ARRI gear – and RED was totally absent for the second year in a row. Let’s take a look at the major categories and find out what films were shot on what cameras.

Best Picture

American Sniper: ARRI  Alexa XT

Birdman: ARRI  Alexa M, ARRI  Alexa XT

Boyhood: Moviecam Compact, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2

The Grand Budapest Hotel: ARRICAM ST

The Imitation Game: ARRICAM LT, ARRICAM ST

Selma: ARRI ALEXA XT Plus

The Theory of Everything: ARRI ALEXA, ARRIFLEX 16 SR3 

Whiplash: ARRI ALEXA, Canon EOS 7D

Best Director

Birdman: ARRI ALEXA M, ARRI ALEXA XT

Boyhood: Moviecam Compact, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2

Foxcatcher: ARRIFLEX 235, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2

The Grand Budapest Hotel: ARRICAM ST

The Imitation Game: ARRICAM LT, ARRICAM ST

Best Cinematography

Birdman: ARRI ALEXA M, ARRI ALEXA XT

The Grand Budapest Hotel: ARRICAM ST

Ida: ARRI ALEXA PLUS 4:3

Mr. Turner: ARRI ALEXA PLUS, Canon EOS C500

Unbroken: ARRI ALEXA XT M, ARRI ALEXA XT Plus, ARRI ALEXA XT Studio, ARRI ALEXA XT

Best Editing

American Sniper: ARRI ALEXA XT

Boyhood: Moviecam Compact, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2

The Grand Budapest Hotel: ARRICAM ST

The Imitation Game: ARRICAM LT, ARRICAM ST

Whiplash: ARRI ALEXA, Canon EOS 7D

Of course, while this small sampling of Hollywood talent chooses to work with ARRI, RED is still a beloved go-to tool for filmmakers like Peter Jackson, David Fincher, and Steven Soderbergh. And with the recent announcement of the upcoming WEAPON upgrade, next year’s list of Academy Award nominees might have you seeing RED.

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