The nominees are:
- Guillaume Schiffman, AFC (The Artist)
- Jeff Cronenweth, ASC (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
- Robert Richardson, ASC (Hugo)
- Hoyte van Hoytema, FSF, NSC (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
- Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC (The Tree of Life)
Part of me can't help but wonder if The Artist is riding the coattails of its film's popularity, or if it's getting in on the virtue of its being black and white, because I could think of several more deserving nominees that would fit in quite nicely with those other four. Melancholia or Drive, perhaps?