BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography

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BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
The current recipient: Hoyte van Hoytema
Awarded forBest Cinematography
LocationUnited Kingdom
Presented byBritish Academy of Film and Television Arts
Currently held byHoyte van Hoytema for Oppenheimer (2023)

Best Cinematography is a British Academy Film Award presented annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) to recognize a cinematographer who has delivered outstanding cinematography in a film.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organisation that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, children's film and television, and interactive media. Since 1963, selected cinematographers have been awarded with the BAFTA award for Best Cinematography at an annual ceremony.

In the following lists, the titles and names in bold with a gold background are the winners and recipients respectively; those not in bold are the nominees. The years given are those in which the films under consideration were released, not the year of the ceremony, which always takes place the following year.

Winners and nominees

  indicates the winner


Year Film Cinematographer
Best Cinematography – Black and White
The Servant Douglas Slocombe
Billy Liar Denys N. Coop
Heavens Above! Mutz Greenbaum
Station Six-Sahara Gerald Gibbs
The Victors Christopher Challis
Best Cinematography – Colour
From Russia with Love Ted Moore
Nine Hours to Rama Arthur Ibbetson
The Running Man Robert Krasker
Sammy Going South Erwin Hillier
The Scarlet Blade Jack Asher
Tamahine Geoffrey Unsworth
The V.I.P.s Jack Hildyard
Best Cinematography – Black and White
The Pumpkin Eater Oswald Morris
Guns at Batasi Douglas Slocombe
King & Country Denys N. Coop
Séance on a Wet Afternoon Gerry Turpin
Best Cinematography – Colour
Becket Geoffrey Unsworth
The Chalk Garden Arthur Ibbetson
Nothing but the Best Nicolas Roeg
The Yellow Rolls-Royce Jack Hildyard
The 7th Dawn Freddie Young
Best Cinematography – Black and White
The Hill Oswald Morris
Darling Kenneth Higgins
The Knack ...and How to Get It David Watkin
Repulsion Gilbert Taylor
Best Cinematography – Colour
The Ipcress File Otto Heller
Help! David Watkin
Lord Jim Freddie Young
Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines; Or, How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes Christopher Challis
Best Cinematography – Black and White
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Oswald Morris
Bunny Lake Is Missing Denys N. Coop
Cul-de-sac Gilbert Taylor
Georgy Girl Kenneth Higgins
Best Cinematography – Colour
Arabesque Christopher Challis
Alfie Otto Heller
The Blue Max Douglas Slocombe
Modesty Blaise Jack Hildyard
Best Cinematography – Black and White
The Whisperers Gerry Turpin
Mademoiselle David Watkin
The Sailor from Gibraltar Raoul Coutard
Ulysses Wolfgang Suschitzky
Best Cinematography – Colour
A Man for All Seasons Ted Moore
Blow-up Carlo Di Palma
The Deadly Affair Freddie Young
Far from the Madding Crowd Nicolas Roeg
Best Cinematography
2001: A Space Odyssey Geoffrey Unsworth
Elvira Madigan Jörgen Persson
The Charge of the Light Brigade David Watkin
The Lion in Winter Douglas Slocombe
Oh! What a Lovely War Gerry Turpin
Bullitt William A. Fraker
Funny Girl
Hello, Dolly!
Harry Stradling [A]
The Magus
Women in Love
Billy Williams [A]


Year Film Cinematographer
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Conrad L. Hall
Catch-22 David Watkin
Ryan's Daughter Freddie Young
Waterloo Armando Nannuzzi
Death in Venice Pasqualino De Santis
Fiddler on the Roof Oswald Morris
The Go-Between Gerry Fisher
Sunday Bloody Sunday Billy Williams
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Geoffrey Unsworth [A]
A Clockwork Orange John Alcott
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Vilmos Zsigmond [A]
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Ennio Guarnieri
Don't Look Now Anthony B. Richmond
Cries and Whispers Sven Nykvist
Jesus Christ Superstar
Travels with My Aunt
Douglas Slocombe [A]
Sleuth Oswald Morris
The Great Gatsby Douglas Slocombe
Chinatown John A. Alonzo
Murder on the Orient Express
Geoffrey Unsworth [A]
The Three Musketeers David Watkin
Barry Lyndon John Alcott
The Man Who Would Be King Oswald Morris
Rollerball Douglas Slocombe
The Towering Inferno Fred J. Koenekamp
Picnic at Hanging Rock Russell Boyd
Aces High Peter Allwork and Gerry Fisher
All the President's Men Gordon Willis
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Bill Butler, William A. Fraker and Haskell Wexler
A Bridge Too Far Geoffrey Unsworth
The Deep Christopher Challis
Fellini's Casanova Giuseppe Rotunno
Valentino Peter Suschitzky
Julia Douglas Slocombe
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Vilmos Zsigmond
The Duellists Frank Tidy
Superman Geoffrey Unsworth
The Deer Hunter Vilmos Zsigmond
Apocalypse Now Vittorio Storaro
Manhattan Gordon Willis
Yanks Dick Bush


Year Film Cinematographer
All That Jazz Giuseppe Rotunno
The Black Stallion Caleb Deschanel
The Elephant Man Freddie Francis
Kagemusha Takao Saitô and Masaharu Ueda
Tess Ghislain Cloquet and Geoffrey Unsworth
Chariots of Fire David Watkin
The French Lieutenant's Woman Freddie Francis
Raiders of the Lost Ark Douglas Slocombe
Blade Runner Jordan Cronenweth
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Allen Daviau
Gandhi Ronnie Taylor and Billy Williams
Reds Vittorio Storaro
Fanny and Alexander Sven Nykvist
Heat and Dust Walter Lassally
Local Hero Chris Menges
Zelig Gordon Willis
The Killing Fields Chris Menges
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes John Alcott
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Douglas Slocombe
Once Upon a Time in America Tonino Delli Colli
Amadeus Miroslav Ondříček
The Emerald Forest Philippe Rousselot
A Passage to India Ernest Day
Witness John Seale
Out of Africa David Watkin
The Mission Chris Menges
Ran Takao Saitô and Masaharu Ueda
A Room with a View Tony Pierce-Roberts
Jean de Florette Bruno Nuytten
Cry Freedom Ronnie Taylor
Hope and Glory Philippe Rousselot
Platoon Robert Richardson
Empire of the Sun Allen Daviau
Babettes gæstebud Henning Kristiansen
The Last Emperor Vittorio Storaro
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Dean Cundey
Mississippi Burning Peter Biziou
Dangerous Liaisons Philippe Rousselot
Gorillas in the Mist Alan Root and John Seale
Henry V Kenneth MacMillan
The Bear Philippe Rousselot


Year Film Cinematographer
The Sheltering Sky Vittorio Storaro
Goodfellas Michael Ballhaus
Glory Freddie Francis
Cinema Paradiso Blasco Giurato
Cyrano de Bergerac Pierre Lhomme
Thelma & Louise Adrian Biddle
The Silence of the Lambs Tak Fujimoto
Dances with Wolves Dean Semler
The Last of the Mohicans Dante Spinotti
Cape Fear Freddie Francis
Unforgiven Jack N. Green
Howards End Tony Pierce-Roberts
Schindler's List Janusz Kamiński
The Age of Innocence Michael Ballhaus
The Piano Stuart Dryburgh
The Remains of the Day Tony Pierce-Roberts
Interview with the Vampire Philippe Rousselot
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Brian J. Breheny
Forrest Gump Don Burgess
Pulp Fiction Andrzej Sekuła
Braveheart John Toll
Sense and Sensibility Michael Coulter
Apollo 13 Dean Cundey
The Madness of King George Andrew Dunn
The English Patient John Seale
Fargo Roger Deakins
Evita Darius Khondji
Michael Collins Chris Menges
The Wings of the Dove Eduardo Serra
Titanic Russell Carpenter
Romeo + Juliet Donald McAlpine
L.A. Confidential Dante Spinotti
Elizabeth Remi Adefarasin
The Truman Show Peter Biziou
Shakespeare in Love Richard Greatrex
Saving Private Ryan Janusz Kamiński
American Beauty Conrad L. Hall
The Matrix Bill Pope
The End of the Affair Roger Pratt
The Talented Mr. Ripley John Seale
Angela's Ashes Michael Seresin


Year Film Cinematographer
Gladiator John Mathieson
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Roger Deakins
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Peter Pau
Chocolat Roger Pratt
Billy Elliot Brian Tufano
The Man Who Wasn't There Roger Deakins
Amélie Bruno Delbonnel
Black Hawk Down Sławomir Idziak
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Andrew Lesnie
Moulin Rouge! Donald McAlpine
Road to Perdition Conrad L. Hall
Gangs of New York Michael Ballhaus
Chicago Dion Beebe
The Pianist Paweł Edelman
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Andrew Lesnie
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Andrew Lesnie
Lost in Translation Lance Acord
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Russell Boyd
Cold Mountain John Seale
Girl with a Pearl Earring Eduardo Serra
Collateral Dion Beebe and Paul Cameron
The Motorcycle Diaries Éric Gautier
The Aviator Robert Richardson
Finding Neverland Roberto Schaefer
House of Flying Daggers Zhao Xiaoding
Memoirs of a Geisha Dion Beebe
March of the Penguins Laurent Chalet and Jérôme Maison
The Constant Gardener César Charlone
Crash J. Michael Muro
Brokeback Mountain Rodrigo Prieto
Children of Men Emmanuel Lubezki
United 93 Barry Ackroyd
Casino Royale Phil Méheux
Pan's Labyrinth Guillermo Navarro
Babel Rodrigo Prieto
No Country for Old Men Roger Deakins
There Will Be Blood Robert Elswit
Atonement Seamus McGarvey
American Gangster Harris Savides
The Bourne Ultimatum Oliver Wood
Slumdog Millionaire Anthony Dod Mantle
The Reader Roger Deakins and Chris Menges
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Claudio Miranda
The Dark Knight Wally Pfister
Changeling Tom Stern
The Hurt Locker Barry Ackroyd
The Road Javier Aguirresarobe
Avatar Mauro Fiore
District 9 Trent Opaloch
Inglourious Basterds Robert Richardson


Year Film Cinematographer
True Grit Roger Deakins
127 Hours Enrique Chediak and Anthony Dod Mantle
The King's Speech Danny Cohen
Black Swan Matthew Libatique
Inception Wally Pfister
The Artist Guillaume Schiffman
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Jeff Cronenweth
War Horse Janusz Kamiński
Hugo Robert Richardson
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Hoyte van Hoytema
Life of Pi Claudio Miranda
Les Misérables Danny Cohen
Skyfall Roger Deakins
Lincoln Janusz Kamiński
Anna Karenina Seamus McGarvey
Gravity Emmanuel Lubezki
Captain Phillips Barry Ackroyd
12 Years a Slave Sean Bobbitt
Inside Llewyn Davis Bruno Delbonnel
Nebraska Phedon Papamichael
Birdman Emmanuel Lubezki
Ida Ryszard Lenczewski and Łukasz Żal
Mr. Turner Dick Pope
Interstellar Hoyte van Hoytema
The Grand Budapest Hotel Robert Yeoman
The Revenant Emmanuel Lubezki
Sicario Roger Deakins
Bridge of Spies Janusz Kamiński
Carol Edward Lachman
Mad Max: Fury Road John Seale
La La Land Linus Sandgren
Lion Greig Fraser
Nocturnal Animals Seamus McGarvey
Hell or High Water Giles Nuttgens
Arrival Bradford Young
Blade Runner 2049 Roger Deakins
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Ben Davis
Darkest Hour Bruno Delbonnel
The Shape of Water Dan Laustsen
Dunkirk Hoyte van Hoytema
Roma Alfonso Cuarón
The Favourite Robbie Ryan
First Man Linus Sandgren
Bohemian Rhapsody Newton Thomas Sigel
Cold War Łukasz Żal
1917 Roger Deakins
Le Mans '66 Phedon Papamichael
The Irishman Rodrigo Prieto
Joker Lawrence Sher
The Lighthouse Jarin Blaschke


Year Film Cinematographer
Nomadland Joshua James Richards
Judas and the Black Messiah Sean Bobbitt
Mank Erik Messerschmidt
The Mauritanian Alwin H. Küchler
News of the World Dariusz Wolski
Dune Greig Fraser
Nightmare Alley Dan Laustsen
No Time to Die Linus Sandgren
The Power of the Dog Ari Wegner
The Tragedy of Macbeth Bruno Delbonnel
All Quiet on the Western Front James Friend
The Batman Greig Fraser
Elvis Mandy Walker
Empire of Light Roger Deakins
Top Gun: Maverick Claudio Miranda
Oppenheimer Hoyte van Hoytema
Killers of the Flower Moon Rodrigo Prieto
Maestro Matthew Libatique
Poor Things Robbie Ryan
The Zone of Interest Łukasz Żal

Multiple nominations

See also


A1 2 3 4 5 6 : Rules from the 1960s to the 1970s allowed cinematographers to receive a single citation for their work on multiple films in the same year. Harry Stradling, Billy Williams, Geoffrey Unsworth, and Douglas Slocombe were all nominated for their photography on two different films, while Vilmos Zsigmond was nominated for three films. Unsworth became the only cameraman to accomplish this feat on multiple occasions, doing so twice.


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