Out of nine best picture nominees for the Academy Awards this year, announced earlier this month, seven were shot using Arri cameras, including Les Misérables and Life of Pi.

Amour, Life of Pi and Zero Dark Thirty were captured digitally with Arri Alexa. Les Misérables and Silver Linings Playbook were filmed on 35 mm with Arricam. Argo used a combination of both Alexa and Arricam, while Beasts of the Southern Wild chose Super 16, with the Arriflex 416 and SR3.

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, competing with Skyfall, shot by Roger Deakins on Alexa Studio, Plus and M cameras. They represent the only digitally captured productions in the category.

In the best foreign film category, four out of five films used Arri cameras: Amour, Kon-Tiki, A Royal Affair and War Witch. All of these features used Alexa, except for A Royal Affair, which relied on Arricam.

Life of Pi
received eleven Oscar nominations. Les Misérables, Silver Linings Playbook, Argo, Skyfall, Zero Dark Thirty and Beasts of the Southern Wild each have several nods.

The winners will be announced at the Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles on 24 February.

Pippa Considine

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