This is a great year for cinematography, and so a tie leading to six nominees was not completely out of the realm of possibility. But seven is a bit of a stretch, especially when they included the out of the box work of Phillippe Le Sourd in The Grandmaster. Not that it wasn't deserving it was just surprising to say the least. If you exclude it from Oscar (which you shouldn't after this nod), the other six are all either huge Best Picture contenders or Roger Deakins. The question is who gets left out? It is probably either Deakins (because Prisoners has not really gained traction), or either Captain Phillips, Nebraska, or Inside Llewyn Davis. Those are a lot of options to narrow down and the cut will be a hard choice for the cinematography branch.
Barry Ackroyd, "Captain Phillips"
Philippe Le Sourd, "The Grandmaster"
Emmanuel Lubezki, "Gravity"
Bruno Delbonnel, "Inside Llewyn Davis"
Phedon Papamichael, "Nebraska"
Roger Deakins, "Prisoners"
Sean Bobbitt, "12 Years a Slave"