Cinematographers guild picks best of 2011

  • Filming "The Tree of Life" (2011). Fox Searchlight

    "The Tree of Life," "The Artist," "Hugo," "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" were nominated by the American Society of Cinematographers for its award for best feature film cinematography of 2011.

    This year's nominated films incorporated a wide array of lighting styles and technologies, from digital cameras and 3-D stereoscopic work, to both color and black and white.

    But digital continues to make inroads in the awards process of one of the most tradition-bound guilds. With the creative and technical advances being made in digital photography, only two of the five picks for best cinematography of 2011 were recorded exclusively on actual film.

    Click through to view screen grabs and trailers of the nominees' stellar work.

  • David Morgan

    David Morgan is a senior editor at and