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The Cameras and Lenses Behind 2019’s Oscar-Nominated Films

Mike Maher

A look at the cameras and gear used to capture all of the 2019 Academy Award nominees for Best Picture and Best Cinematography.

ARRI maintains their stranglehold as the standard cinema camera package for Oscar-nominated films. Check out the cameras and lenses behind 2019’s Oscar-nominees for Best Motion Picture and Best Cinematography to see what cameras made the list. (You can find previous nominees here: 201820172016.)

A Star Is Born

The Cameras and Lenses Behind 2019’s Oscar-Nominated Films — A Star Is Born

Bradley Cooper and Matthew Libatique via Clay Enos/Warner Bros./MGM.

Oscar Nominations: 8 — Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song, Best Sound Mixing
Director: Bradley Cooper
Director of Photography: Matthew Libatique
Camera: ARRI Alexa Mini
Lenses: Angenieux Optimo Anamorphic 30-72 & 56-152 Lenses, Cooke Anamorphic/i SF Camtec Vintage Series, Kowa Cine Prominar
Recording Format: Codex ARRIRAW (2.8K) (3.4K)

Black Panther

The Cameras and Lenses Behind 2019’s Oscar-Nominated Films — Black Panther

Ryan Coogler, Hannah Beachler, and Rachel Morrison on set. Photo Credit: 1st AD Lisa Satriano. (Read our interview with Oscar-nominee Hannah Beachler.)

Oscar Nominations: 7 — Best Picture, Best Costume Design, Best Original Song, Best Original Score, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Production Design
Director: Ryan Coogler
Director of Photography: Rachel Morrison
Camera: ARRI Alexa XT Plus
Lenses: Panavision Primo
Recording Format: Codex ARRIRAW (3.4K)


The Cameras and Lenses Behind 2019’s Oscar-Nominated Films — BlacKkKlansman

Spike Lee, Topher Grace, and Adam Driver on set via Focus Features.

Oscar Nominations: 6 —Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Film Editing
Director: Spike Lee
Director of Photography: Chayse Irvin
Camera: Aaton Penelope, Aaton XTR Prod, Arricam LT, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2
Lenses: Zeiss Master Prime, Panavision Super Speed MKII, Ultra Speed MKII, PVintage
Recording Format: 16 mm (Eastman Double-X 7222) and 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 250D 5207, Vision3 500T 5219, Eastman Double-X 5222, Ektachrome 100D 5285)

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Cameras and Lenses Behind 2019’s Oscar-Nominated Films — Bohemian Rhapsody

Peter Robertson, Tom Sigel, Rami Malek, and Hamish Doyne-Ditmas via Alex Bailey/20th Century Fox.

Oscar Nominations: 5 — Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Film Editing
Director: Bryan Singer
Director of Photography: Newton Thomas Sigel
Camera: ARRI Alexa 65, ARRI Alexa SXT, Arriflex 35 BL
Lenses: Hasselblad Prime DNA & Prime 65-S, Cooke Speed Panchro
Recording Format: ARRIRAW (6.5K) (3.4K)

Cold War

The Cameras and Lenses Behind 2019’s Oscar-Nominated Films — Cold War

Lukasz Bak via Amazon Studios.

Oscar Nominations: 3 —Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Foreign-Language Film
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Director of Photography: Lukasz Zal
Camera: ARRI Alexa XT
Lenses: Cooke S5, Zeiss Ultra Prime, Angenieux Optimo
Recording Format: Codex ARRIRAW (3.4K)

The Favourite

The Cameras and Lenses Behind 2019’s Oscar-Nominated Films — The Favourite

On set via Atsushi Nishijima/Fox Searchlight.

Oscar Nominations: 10 — Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Film Editing
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Director of Photography: Robbie Ryan
Camera: Arricam LT, Arricam ST, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2
Lenses: Panavision PVintage, Nikon Nikkor
Recording Format: 35 mm (Kodak)

Green Book

The Cameras and Lenses Behind 2019’s Oscar-Nominated Films — Green Book

Peter Farrelly on set via Focus Features.

Oscar Nominations: 5 — Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing
Director: Peter Farrelly
Director of Photography: Sean Porter
Camera: ARRI Alexa Mini
Lenses: Leica Summilux-C
Recording Format: ARRIRAW (3.4K)

Never Look Away

The Cameras and Lenses Behind 2019’s Oscar-Nominated Films — Never Look Away

On set via Nadja Klier/Buena Vista International.

Oscar Nominations: 2 — Best Cinematography, Best Foreign-Language Film
Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Director of Photography: Caleb Deschanel
Camera: ARRI Alexa XT Plus
Lenses: Zeiss Master Prime
Recording Format: ARRIRAW


The Cameras and Lenses Behind 2019’s Oscar-Nominated Films — Roma

Alfonso Cuarón and Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo on the set via Carlos Somonte/Netflix.

Oscar Nominations: 10 — Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Foreign-Language Film, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Production Design
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Director of Photography: Alfonso Cuaron
Camera: ARRI Alexa 65
Lenses: Prime 65
Recording Format: ARRIRAW


The Cameras and Lenses Behind 2019’s Oscar-Nominated Films — Vice

Vice set via Annapurna Pictures.

Oscar Nominations: 8 — Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Film Editing
Director: Adam McKay
Director of Photography: Greig Fraser
Camera: Arricam LT, Arricam ST, Arriflex 235, Arriflex 435, Bolex
Lenses: Cooke Anamorphic/i, Todd-AO, Zeiss Super Speed, Angenieux HR
Recording Format: 16 mm (Kodak Vision3 500T 7219), 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 200T 5213, Vision3 500T 5219) and 8 mm (Kodak Vision3 500T 5219)

The 2019 Academy Awards will be presented on February 24th at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

Cover image via A Star Is Born (Clay Enos/Warner Bros./Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer).

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