Which Cameras and Lenses Did the 2019 Oscar Noms Use? [Infographic]

Despite the ARRI Alexa remaining the most popular camera option, this year's Oscar-nominated filmmakers also opted to shoot their films on film.

Early this morning, the nominees for the 91st Academy Awards were announced. As predicted, Alfonso Cuarón's Roma received its share of nominations, 10 to be exact, including Best Picture and Best Director, as well as Bradley Cooper's A Star is Born receiving a not-too-shabby 8, with leads Lady Gaga and Cooper receiving noms for Best Actress and Best Actor.

While each nominee offers plenty of insight into the art of filmmaking, this year's group is particularly interesting in terms of cinematography, especially compared to previous years. For example, three films, Cuarón's Roma, Pawel Pawlikowski's Cold War, and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's Never Look Away, were all nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography, with the first two being shot in black and white.

Furthermore, we're seeing a big deviation from 2018 in camera and lens choices with an almost even split between the ARRI Alexa Mini and film cameras, as well as a steep decline in the diversity of equipment used. 

Once again, we're providing you with a roundup of all of the cameras and lenses used to make the films contending for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography, but this year we've created a nifty infographic just to make things a little more interesting (as well as informational).

If you want to compare this year's Oscar-nominee camera and lens choices to those of previous years, check out our other roundups.       

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Alexa Mini is clearly the winner.
Just hoping they will launch a updated mini soon. Maybe a Mini LF?

January 22, 2019 at 4:18PM, Edited January 22, 4:18PM

Didrik Bråthen

That infographic is so difficult to see.

January 22, 2019 at 5:21PM

You voted '+1'.

How is Alexa mini the winner when Alexa XT/XT Plus was used more, and the Arricam LT and Alexa 65 was used as much?

January 23, 2019 at 7:32AM

Oscar Stegland

It's clear that anything that is marketed to poor filmmakers, such as Blackmagic pocket 4K, even the URSA, forget the GH5s are not considered by anybody serious about making a film what will go somewhere. People should seriously think about this before buying equipment and instead work on their story, way of financing that will give them access to a real crew and real equipment. As far as I know, I'm never seen any movie in a theater that was filmed with what's in "fashion" in filmmaker's forums. Nobody is filming anything with Blackmagic or Panasonic. Weddings, maybe?

January 23, 2019 at 11:20AM



January 23, 2019 at 12:50PM


I agree, Gosh, but face the fact. Apart for an exercise in style of an established filmmaker who made a very bad movie with three Iphone, Tangerine, can you think of anything you enjoyed in a theater near you filmed with a GH4, GH5 or a Blackmagic camera? You can Gosh us all you want, it's a fact! Most crap, and trust me it's crap, that you see on Netflix is filmed with Alexas.

January 23, 2019 at 6:14PM


On 10 February 2013, "Searching For Sugarman", won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary at the 66th British Academy Film Awards in London, and two weeks later it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood. It was shot in super-8 and an iPhone.

January 24, 2019 at 2:29AM

Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker

The Panasonic Varicam has traction in television. These are Oscar nominees. Several star big names and, therefor, have the budget for more expensive tools. They are, however, not the only entertaining films being made. Steven Soderbergh just shot his second film with an iPhone. Furthermore, there are several people, including myself, who found Tangerine entertaining and well done. Horses for courses.

January 27, 2019 at 4:01AM