Out of nine Best Picture nominees for the Academy Awards this year, seven were shot using ARRI cameras: Amour, Life of Pi and Zero Dark Thirty were captured digitally with ARRI ALEXA; Les Misérables and Silver Linings Playbook on 35 mm with ARRICAM; Argo utilized a combination of both ALEXA and ARRICAM while Beasts of the Southern Wild chose Super 16 with the ARRIFLEX 416 and SR3. Additionally, many of these productions relied on lighting equipment from ARRI.
Four out of five films nominated for Best Director were shot with ARRI: Amour (director Michael Haneke), Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin), Life of Pi (Ang Lee) and Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell).
Life of Pi also received a Best Cinematography nomination for Claudio Miranda, ASC, competing with Skyfall, shot by Roger Deakins ASC, BSC on ALEXA Studio, Plus and M cameras. As the only digitally captured productions in the category, these nominees demonstrate ALEXA’s ability to render striking images in the hands of master cinematographers.
In the category of Visual Effects, two of the five nominated films (Life of Pi and Marvel’s The Avengers) were made with ALEXA cameras, proving that the quality and detail of ALEXA excels under the most demanding VFX requirements on the biggest films.
Under Best Foreign Film, four out of five films used ARRI cameras: Amour, Kon-Tiki, A Royal Affair and War Witch. All of these features utilized ALEXA except for A Royal Affair, which relied on ARRICAM.
Life of Pi received 11 total nominations. Les Misérables, Silver Linings Playbook, Argo, Skyfall, Zero Dark Thirty and Beasts of the Southern Wild additionally received multiple nods. These films are also recognized for their artistry in other competitions including the BAFTAs, Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America and American Society of Cinematographers Awards. Beasts of the Southern Wild was the first recipient of the ARRI Sundance Grant.
From Super 16 to 35 mm and digital capture, these features demonstrate the wide variety of options used to tell a cinematic story. ARRI is proud to provide these tools and congratulates all of the nominees.