The ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) has spoken and chosen the following Directors of Photography as the tippity top of 2008 cinematic excellence.
If a movie must be lit, let it be lit by...
Roger Deakins (Revolutionary Road and The Reader)
Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire)
Chris Menges (The Reader)
Claudio Miranda (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight)
As you may already know, Roger Deakins (who also lensed Doubt and consulted on WALL•E this year) has photographed films like Fargo, No Country For Old Men, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Village, Jarhead, Kundun and Shawshank Redemption. He's a hero to cinematographers. He has never won an Oscar. Should he be nominated for the Oscars this year, it'll be his 8th attempt at winning gold -- 8th AND 9th should the Kate Winslet double feature happen.