A lot of new blood this month with A24’s Minari, Sony Classics’ Nine Days and Netflix’s The Prom joining the fray. Minari has some very classic widescreen lensing this branch loves and if the film hits elsewhere it could find a spot here. The dozens of perspectives created in Nine Days deserves a spot but is rarely given one. The Prom is a candy-colored explosion that could impress as easily as overwhelm.
The top 5 sees quite a lot of movement with Searchlight’s Nomadland up to #2, the resurgence of Warner Bros’ Tenet (what other blockbusters can they choose?) and Netlfix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7. The latter two are previous nominees and once you’re in with a branch, you’re in.
Still, it’s going to be tough to unseat Netflix Mank, I think, and Erik Messerschmidt should be able to turn a first nomination into a first win from his very first feature film.
Here are my ranked 2021 Oscar predictions in Cinematography for October.
Green – moves up; Red – moves down; Blue – new entry this month
1. Mank (Netflix)
2. Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)
Joshua James Richards
3. Tenet (Warner Bros)
Hoyte van Hoytema
4. News of the World (Universal Pictures)
5. The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)
Other Contenders (alphabetical)
Da 5 Bloods (Netflix)
Newton Thomas Sigel
The Father (Sony Pictures Classics)
Hillbilly Elegy (Netflix)
Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros)
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)
Tobias A. Schliessler
Mulan (Walt Disney Pictures)
Nine Days (Sony Pictures Classics)
One Night in Miami… (Amazon Studios)
The Prom (Netflix)