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Best Cinematography: "To the Wonder"
Yes, yes, Emmanuel Lubezki is already going to be handsomely rewarded this season for his gobsmacking work on Alfonso Cuarón’s blockbuster "Gravity," which should finally net him that overdue Oscar. Does he really need Indie Spirit recognition too? Well, he does when the work is as artful and inspired – and in what could hardly be a more different aesthetic from that of "Gravity," to boot – as his work on Terrence Malick’s divisive but exquisite "To the Wonder." Luminous imagery is par for the course in a Malick film, but Lubezki’s deft games with light and shadow, and evocation of subjective viewpoints amid (and sometimes within) commanding widescreen vistas, make this a worthy continuation of their much-lauded collaboration on "The New World" and "The Tree of Life."