The winner of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Cinematography goes to Mauro Fiore for Avatar. He thanked director James Cameron for his vision, producer Jon Landau, and his crew back in New Zealand. He also gave a shout out to his parents and stated, “Viva Italia” for his families’ native homeland.

See who he beat out this year in the Best Cinematography category…

The nominees for Best Cinematography were:

Avatar – Mauro Fiore – Avatar centers on an ex-Marine who submerges himself into the culture of an alien race. With the help of his Avatar body, he is able to adapt to his new environment even though he’s still present in his human mind. Jake Sully is the lead character as played by Sam Worthington, while Zoe Saldana is featured as his love interest, Neyteri.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Bruno Delbonnel – Harry Potter starts his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It’s never an easy task for him to make it to school and this film is no exception. With the help of a good friend he makes it back and once there discovers an old book mysteriously marked “This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince” in the new teacher, Horace Slughorn’s class. With the help of Dumbledore, Harry begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort’s dark past.

The Hurt Locker – Barry Ackroyd – An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant, James (Jeremy Renner), takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Eldridge (Brian Geraghty), by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. James behaves as if he’s indifferent to death. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James’ true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever.

Inglourious Basterds – Robert Richardson – Set during WWII in Nazi-occupied France, where a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” are sent in to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by killing Nazis in as many obscene ways as possible.

The White Ribbon – Christian Berger – Set in a small Germany village in pre- WW1 times. Strange events begin to occur, and it seems that the abused and suppressed children are at the heart of the matter.

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