Only movie snobs know cinematographer's names, except for one or two exceptions. Deakins, the British-born director of photography with 75 credits to his name, has worked with some of the greatest filmmakers of the day and crafted images that will remain iconic long after many others have faded. He's nominated this year for Sicario but is all-but-assured to lose to Emmanuel Lubezki's work for The Revenant. This keeps happening to the 66 year-old legend – let's not screw it up next year.
Nominations: 13 for Best Cinematographer (The Shawshank Redemption [pictured above], Fargo, Kundun, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn't There, No Country For Old Men, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Reader, True Grit, Skyfall, Prisoners, Unbroken, Sicario).
Should Have Won For: Skyfall.
Maybe This Is All Punishment For: The Village.