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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)
1967 In the Heat of the Night Haskell Wexler
1968 Bullitt William A. Fraker
1969 The Wild Bunch Lucien Ballard


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


Year Winner Cinematographer(s)
1980 Raging Bull Michael Chapman
1981 Pennies from Heaven Gordon Willis
1982 Diva Philippe Rousselot
1983 Never Cry Wolf Hiro Narita
1984 Comfort and Joy Chris Menges
The Killing Fields
1985 Ran Takao Saito, Masaharu Ueda, and Asakazu Nakai
1986 Blue Velvet Frederick Elmes
1987 Hope and Glory Philippe Rousselot
1988 Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin) Henri Alekan
1989 The Fabulous Baker Boys Michael Ballhaus


Year Winner Cinematographer(s)
1990 Where the Heart Is Peter Suschitzky
1991 Barton Fink Roger Deakins
1992 Raise the Red Lantern (Da hong deng long gao gao gua) Zhao Fei
1993 Schindler's List Janusz Kamiński
1994 Ed Wood Stefan Czapsky
1995 Devil in a Blue Dress Tak Fujimoto
1996 Breaking the Waves Robby Müller
Dead Man
1997 Kundun Roger Deakins
1998 The Thin Red Line John Toll
1999 American Beauty Conrad L. Hall


Year Winner Cinematographer(s)
2000 Beau Travail Agnès Godard
2001 In the Mood for Love (Fa yeung nin wa) Christopher Doyle and Pin Bing Lee
2002 Far from Heaven Edward Lachman
2003 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Russell Boyd
2004 House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu) Xiaoding Zhao
2005 2046 Christopher Doyle, Lai Yiu Fai, and Kwan Pun Leung
2006 Children of Men Emmanuel Lubezki
2007 There Will Be Blood Robert Elswit
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Anthony Dod Mantle
2009 The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) Christian Berger


Year Winner Cinematographer(s)
2010 True Grit Roger Deakins
2011 The Tree of Life Emmanuel Lubezki
2012 The Master Mihai Mălaimare Jr.
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Bruno Delbonnel
2014 Mr. Turner Dick Pope
2015 Carol Edward Lachman
2016 Moonlight James Laxton
2017 Blade Runner 2049 Roger Deakins
2018 Roma Alfonso Cuarón