CINEMATOGRAPHER CALLS ‘LIFE OF PI’ OSCAR WIN “A TOTAL F—ING PIECE OF S—”
With director of photography Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi won the 2013 Oscar for best cinematography. The win was largley controversial for two reasons. One reason being because Life of Pi was largely constructed in a digital space. Second reason being Roger Deakins was once again denied an Oscar for his amazing work on Skyfall.
Christopher Doyle spoke out to Blouin News against this Oscar.
“I’m trying to work out how to say this most politely, and no offense to – I don’t know [Ang Lee] personally – but what a total f—ing piece of s—. Let me be blunt….What the fuck are you talking about cinematography, sorry. I’m sorry….I think it’s a f—ing insult to cinematography.
I’m sure he’s a wonderful person, I’m sure he cares so much. But what it says to the real world is it’s all about us, we have the money, we put the money in, and we control the image. And I say f— you, wankers. Are you f—ing kidding? That’s not cinematography…You’ve lost cinema. This is not cinema and it’s not cinematography. It’s not cinematography.”
Ang Lee (Director of Life of Pi) has been reached out to but has now answered back yet about this situation.