National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography

The National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography is an annual award given by National Society of Film Critics to honor the best cinematographer of the year.

English cinematographer Roger Deakins won this award a record four times. Haskell Wexler, Néstor Almendros, Gordon Willis, Philippe Rousselot, and Christopher Doyle each won the award twice.



Year Winner Cinematographer(s)
1967In the Heat of the NightHaskell Wexler
1968BullittWilliam A. Fraker
1969The Wild BunchLucien Ballard


Year Winner Cinematographer(s)
1970My Night at Maud's (Ma nuit chez Maud)Néstor Almendros
The Wild Child
1971The Conformist (Il conformista)Vittorio Storaro
1972Cries and Whispers (Viskningar och rop)Sven Nykvist
1973The Long GoodbyeVilmos Zsigmond
1974The Godfather Part IIGordon Willis
The Parallax View
1975Barry LyndonJohn Alcott
1976Bound for GloryHaskell Wexler
1977Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes)Thomas Mauch
1978Days of HeavenNéstor Almendros
1979Being ThereCaleb Deschanel
The Black Stallion


Year Winner Cinematographer(s)
1980Raging BullMichael Chapman
1981Pennies from HeavenGordon Willis
1982DivaPhilippe Rousselot
1983Never Cry WolfHiro Narita
1984Comfort and JoyChris Menges
The Killing Fields
1985RanTakao Saito, Masaharu Ueda, and Asakazu Nakai
1986Blue VelvetFrederick Elmes
1987Hope and GloryPhilippe Rousselot
1988Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin)Henri Alekan
1989The Fabulous Baker BoysMichael Ballhaus


Year Winner Cinematographer(s)
1990Where the Heart IsPeter Suschitzky
1991Barton FinkRoger Deakins
1992Raise the Red Lantern (Da hong deng long gao gao gua)Zhao Fei
1993Schindler's ListJanusz Kamiński
1994Ed WoodStefan Czapsky
1995Devil in a Blue DressTak Fujimoto
1996Breaking the WavesRobby Müller
Dead Man
1997KundunRoger Deakins
1998The Thin Red LineJohn Toll
1999American BeautyConrad L. Hall


Year Winner Cinematographer(s)
2000Beau TravailAgnès Godard
2001In the Mood for Love (Fa yeung nin wa)Christopher Doyle and Pin Bing Lee
2002Far from HeavenEdward Lachman
2003Master and Commander: The Far Side of the WorldRussell Boyd
2004House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu)Xiaoding Zhao
20052046Christopher Doyle, Lai Yiu Fai, and Kwan Pun Leung
2006Children of MenEmmanuel Lubezki
2007There Will Be BloodRobert Elswit
2008Slumdog MillionaireAnthony Dod Mantle
2009The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band)Christian Berger


Year Winner Cinematographer(s)
2010True GritRoger Deakins
2011The Tree of LifeEmmanuel Lubezki
2012The MasterMihai Mălaimare Jr.
2013Inside Llewyn DavisBruno Delbonnel
2014Mr. Turner Dick Pope
2015CarolEdward Lachman
2016MoonlightJames Laxton
2017Blade Runner 2049Roger Deakins
2018RomaAlfonso Cuarón
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