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While the tech momentum for Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" is clearly spilling over into the cinematography race, making Claudio Miranda the frontrunner for his ethereal golden hour hue, the other four nominees are a study in stylistic brilliance as well, conveying a vibe of what's old is new again: In "Anna Karenina," Seamus McGarvey embraced director Joe Wright's bold theatrical approach as an opportunity to streamline and clarify ideas from the Tolstoy novel. He found a way to coalesce theater, movies, and photography into a new form of visual expression, using Powell & Pressburger's "The Red Shoes" as inspiration. "After initial fears from the producers, we wanted to create a world that was believable once you entered it," explains McGarvey. "There's cinematic space there [in the derelict theater] for an audience to stitch in what's absent. And your imagination is straining for meaning as well. And »

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