As I said yesterday when I posted the featurettes on the Life of Pi tonight, and Claudio Miranda (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) looks like a major contender.
That said, Gold Derby‘s Tom O’Neil just posted this following interview with Ben Richardson for his work in Beasts of the Southern Wild, a gritty, down-in-the-dirt and magical drama that very easily could find itself with a nomination in Cinematography along with several other categories.
Richardson discusses his work in the film and the first time he met the film’s young star, QuvenzhanÃ© Wallis and how he developed his shooting style on the picture around her and her comfortable nature around the camera.
The conversation regarding Wallis, as a matter of fact, made me think of how Fox Searchlight will probably be sure to get her out and about campaigning. Personally it sounds a little iffy trotting around an eight-year-old (soon to be 9) on an Oscar campaign, but from what I’ve seen, and O’Neil describes her the same way, she’s got a personality and that could go a long way with voters. The conversation Richardson and O’Neil have regarding her approach definitely makes her sound more like a comfortable actor rather than a kid that just managed to “get it right” with her performance.