What’s the difference between pretty pictures and great cinematography? It’s a common misconception among film lovers and the public, especially when we see effects-driven films in the Oscar race. It’s why it was right for Gravity to win, but not Life of Pi. Good cinematography becomes almost another character in a film, conveying mood, atmosphere, and meaning not stated in words. It’s our view into how the characters see the world, as if we’re looking through their eyes. Cinematography has to be ‘right’ for a film. Today comes an excellent roundtable with some cinematographers who are up for awards consideration: Roger Deakins (Unbroken), Dion Beebe (Into the Woods), Jeff Cronenweth (Gone Girl), Benoit Delhomme (The Theory of Everything) Matthew Libatique (Noah), and Dick Pope (Mr. Turner). Check it out, and, if you missed them, the previous Hollywood Reporter roundtables here.