When you think of the cinematography that has hit the screens in the last decade (well, the last decade two years removed), what sticks out? Perhaps the stunning achievements in Children of Men? The chills of The Dark Knight? The beauty of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford? The Fall? Or, going back even further, Eyes Wide Shut or Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow?
What if I told you that they're all on a new list of achievements, but that the top spot went to Bruno Delbonnel for the cute, foreign quirk fest known as Amelie?
Movieline reports that American Cinematographer, the journal for the American Society of Cinematographers, went out to its "international audience of subscribers to nominate 10 films released between 1998 and 2008 that they believed had the best cinematography." The request resulted in 50 films that the journal then threw on a ballot open to the public on their website. After more than 17,000 people weighed in, Ms. Amelie earned the top spot, with the rest of the top five being Children of Men, Saving Private Ryan, There Will Be Blood, and No Country for Old Men.
The rest of the 50 list come killer instances of cinematography as well, though Movieline notes, rightly, surprise that Mulholland Drive is nowhere to be seen. Go take a gander at the list and weigh in below: From those choices, who would you vote for as best cinematography, 1998-2008?