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6. Masanobu Takayanagi
Selected filmography: "Warrior," "The Grey," "Silver Linings Playbook," "True Story," "Black Mass"
Best work: "Out of the Furnace" (2013)
Latest project: "Spotlight" (Thomas McCarthy)
Oscars: 0 nominations
Lowdown: Masanobu Takayanagi really showed what he was capable of working with directors like Gavin O'Connor and Joe Carnahan, but with Scott Cooper he's finding a very fruitful arrangement. His frames are like Chiaroscuro portraiture, stunning to behold, often compositionally breathtaking. No surprise, then, that he cut his teeth under guys like Anthony Dod Mantle, Rodrigo Prieto and Robert Richardson.