Nominees for Best Cinematography at the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony, announced on January 24, 2012. The Oscar for Best Cinematography is an Academy Award given each year to a cinematographer for work in one particular motion picture.
The films nominated for Best Cinematography for the 2012 Academy Awards include 'The Artist,' 'Hugo,' 'The Tree of Life,' 'War Horse' and 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.'
In its first film season, 1927–28, this award was not tied to just one specific film; all of the work by the nominated cinematographers during the qualifying period was listed after their names. The second year, 1929, there were no nominations at all, although the Academy has a list of unofficial titles which were under consideration by the Board of Judges. In the third year, 1930, films, not cinematographers, were nominated, and the final award did not show the cinematographer's name.Finally, for the 1931 awards, the modern system in which individuals are nominated for a single film began.