- The Artist – Guillaume Schiffman
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Jeff Cronenweth
- Hugo – Robert Richardson
- The Tree of Life – Emmanuel Lubezki
- War Horse – Janusz Kamiński
Easily the most interesting technical category this year, as the nominees reflect old school 35mm (War Horse, The Tree of Life), colour celluloid transformed to B&W with digital post-production tools (The Artist), digital 3D (Hugo) and 2D digital (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo).
When this award began, for the first four years the cinematographer was not named and it wasn’t until 1931 that the current system came in, whereby individuals are listed alongside a film.
When The Garden of Allah (1936, A Star is Born (1937) and Sweethearts (1938) became the first colour films to win Special Achievement Oscars from 1939 until 1966, the award was split between black-and-white and colour.
Since then, the only black-and-white film to win is Schindler’s List (1993).
- Studio Daily interview with Guillaume Schiffman
- Gold Derby video interview
- BAFTA interview with Michel Hazanavicius about the cinematography
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
- NY Times video interview with Jeff Cronenweth [5 mins]
- Lengthy interview with David Fincher and Jeff Cronenweth for American Cinematographer
- ICG Magazine interview with Fincher and Cronenweth
- The Art of Cinematography interview with Robert Richardson [65 mins]
- Film and Digital Times on the digital 3D cinematography
- Martin Scorsese on the 3D aspect to the film
THE TREE OF LIFE
- American Cinematographer with an in depth interview with Emmanuel Lubezki
- Audio interview with Lubezki [36 mins]
- Video interview with Cinema Blend on War Horse and the death of 35mm [10 mins]
- Screenrant interview with Kaminski on War Horse