**Note: I in no way wish to discredit past winners for their hard work. I just wish to start a discussion on the subject in the hopes that the Academy might rethink the current award criteria. Feel free to comment below**
Avatar, Life of Pi & Gravity. What do these 3 films have in common? These are three films that have won a Best Cinematography Academy Awards, but consisted of at least 50% CGI, green screen and/or composited images and sequences. Although they were very good, visually ground breaking films, lensed by extremely talented Cinematographers who definitely deserved some kind of acclaim for their visionary work, should they not be considered in their own category?
Academy Awards Cinematography Petition:
Too many times has a film which uses a large number of computer generated images won the award for Best Cinematography. As film making, cinematography and CGI continues evolve, so should our appreciation and understanding of the various aspects of modern cinematography.
In no way are we saying that the past winners are undeserving, but we strongly believe that proper credit is not being given where it is due.
The award should be divided into conventional live action photography and another for CGI based photography in order to give cinematographers the recognition they deserve.
We’ll leave it up to the judgement of the Academy on criteria and how the awards should be divided, but we strongly believe that any film which uses a large number of green screen elements, composites and multiple CGI sequences should be in it’s own category.
Now, I know that I will receive a lot of flack for this post and the starting of this petition, but I am in no way saying that the past winners did not deserve their awards. All that we want to do is start a discussion on the subject in the hopes that we can honor more than just one very talented Cinematographer per year as cinematography and CGI continues to evolve in modern filmmaking.