Here’s a big win for Canon, all 5 Oscar-nominated documentaries were primarily shot on Canon bodies, with the C300 ruling the category. 

The Academy Awards is about content, style and quality design. With Canon’s renowned colour science, reliability, ergonomic camera design paired with their exceptional glass, many leading-edge professionals choose Canon gear to tell their stories with winning results (literally.)  Pro filmmakers, especially at Academy Awards level, choose the equipment that they feel will be the best for their work. This speaks to the capability of what Canon has to offer.

“…to be able to break it down and say we have 100% of the Oscar nominated documentaries — that’s amazing market penetration. That’s a pretty big deal. And there are a lot of choices. The fact that it could be any camera and it is ours is a pretty big deal.”

“My heart and soul is in this one. This is what I live and breath. I mean five for five — I’m going to do a victory dance even though it’s guaranteed we win. It’s a big deal for Canon.” – Tim Smith, Canon USA

Here is a breakdown of all the nominations including trailers and Canon gear used:



WINNER: “Free Solo,” dir. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi 

Equipment Used: Canon C300 Mark II, Canon 1D X Mark II, Canon Cinema Primes, Canon 50-1000mm Cine Servos.



Nominee: “Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” dir. RaMell Ross

Equipment: Canon 5D Mark III



Nominee: “Minding the Gap,” dir. Bing Liu

Equipment: Canon 5D (no indication which mark), EF 16-35mm Lens



Nominee: “Of Fathers and Sons,” dir. Talal Derki

Equipment: Canon C300



Nominee: “RBG,” Betsy West, dir. Julie Cohen

Equipment: Canon C300 Mark II, EF Zoom 16-35mm, 24-70mm T2.8, 70-200mm, 400mm Prime lens