Pinned to the wall behind “Cold War” director of photography Lukasz Zal’s desk is a poster with a quote from Australian cinematographer Christopher Doyle: “My best film is my next film.”
Zal is one of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Cinematography and one of three nominated for foreign language films, which ties an Oscar record. For the first 38 years of the Academy Awards, foreign-language films were ignored in the Best Cinematography category. But in recent years, foreign fare has averaged almost one nomination a year. With this year’s three of the five nominations going to films not in English, it ties a record set in 2004 when “House of Flying Daggers,” “The Passion of the Christ” and “A Very Long Engagement” were all nominated.