5. To the Wonder – Emmanuel Lubezki
For being the crème de la crème at surveying the life within the frame. He is the deep-focus master.
4. Prisoners – Roger Deakins
For images so beautiful, it almost made me believe the movie was good.
3. Inside Llewyn Davis – Bruno Delbonnel
For a masterclass in weather illustration, lit with a trenchant eye.
2. No – Sergio Armstrong
For balancing the jarring and the stirring. Every shot is both a media dissection and cinematic effervescence.
1. Gravity – Emmanuel Lubezki
For tackling every challenge head-on, and for understanding that Cuaron needs him there not to parade, but to spawn.
Runner Up: Faust – Bruno Delbonnel