Your recent winners for Best Cinematography include The Aviator, LOTR: Return of the King, The Road to Perdition, LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring, and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Go a little further back and you have Titanic, The English Patient and Braveheart. What does that tell you? When it comes to cinematography, the Academy loves something big. Sure, Road to Perdition won a few years ago, but that had more to do with nominee Conrad Hall’s death that year than anything else. Among this year’s nominees (Batman Begins, Brokeback Mountain, Good Night and Good Luck, Memoirs of a Geisha, and The New World), Brokeback clearly has that sweeping epic, big movie feel. After all, it’s the frontrunner for Best Picture. As you can tell from the list, this is a category that matches up with Best Picture frequently. Good Night and Good Luck won raves for its stylish black and white cinematography, but remember a few years ago, LOTR beat out The Man Who Wasn’t There in a close race. Geisha just won the ASC award, a precursor, but we believe that movie’s best chances lie in the art direction and costume design categories. It’s rare for a movie to win cinematography without a Best Picture nomination. Therefore, Oscarfrenzy predicts Rodrigo Prieto to make a trip to the podium for Brokeback Mountain for Best Cinematography.