OSCAR HISTORY: Best Cinematography

The cinematographer, or Director of Photography (D.P.), is the primary technician who sets the visual mood of the film through the choices they make in lighting, camera moves, and lenses. They help the director to envision the shots, make them the richest they can be, and if they're good enough and memorable enough, they go on to win the Oscar for Best Cinematography of the year.


2019: 1917     (View BTS Featurette)
2018: ROMA     (View Cinematographer Featurette)
2017: BLADERUNNER 2049     (View Montage)
2016: LA LA LAND     (View Montage)
2015: THE REVENANT     (View Cinematographer Featurette)
2014: BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)     (View Montage)
2013: GRAVITY     (View Montage)
2012: LIFE OF PI     (View Cinematographer Featurette)
2011: HUGO     (View Film Clip)
2010: INCEPTION     (View Montage)
2009: AVATAR     (View Montage)
2008: SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE     (View Film Clip)
2007: THERE WILL BE BLOOD     (View Montage)
2006: PAN'S LABYRINTH     (View Film Trailer)
2005: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA     (View Film Clip)
2004: THE AVIATOR     (View Film Clip)
2003: MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD     (View Film Clip)
2002: ROAD TO PERDITION     (View Film Clip)
2001: THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING     (View Film Clip)
2000: CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON     (View Film Clip)
1999: AMERICAN BEAUTY     (View Film Clips Montage)
1998: SAVING PRIVATE RYAN     (View Film Clip)
1997: TITANIC     (View Film Clip)
1996: THE ENGLISH PATIENT     (View Film Clip)
1995: BRAVEHEART     (View Film Clip)
1994: LEGENDS OF THE FALL     (View Film Clip)
1993: SCHINDLER'S LIST     (View Film Clip)
1992: A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT     (View Film Clip)
1991: JFK     (View Film Clip)
1990: DANCES WITH WOLVES     (View Cinematographer Featurette)
1989: GLORY     (View Film Clip)
1988: MISSISSIPPI BURNING     (View Film Clip)
1987: THE LAST EMPEROR     (View Film Trailer)
1986: THE MISSION     (View Film Clip)
1985: OUT OF AFRICA     (View Film Clip)
1984: THE KILLING FIELDS     (View Film Trailer)
1983: FANNY & ALEXANDER     (View Film Clip)
1982: GANDHI     (View Film Clip)
1981: REDS     (View Film Clip)
1980: TESS     (View Film Clip)
1979: APOCALYPSE NOW     (View Film Trailer)
1978: DAYS OF HEAVEN     (View Film Trailer)
1977: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND     (View Film Clip)
1976: BOUND FOR GLORY     (View Film Trailer)
1975: BARRY LYNDON     (View Film Clips Montage)
1974: THE TOWERING INFERNO     (View Film Clip)
1973: CRIES AND WHISPERS     (View Film Trailer)
1972: CABARET     (View Film Clip)
1971: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF     (View Film Clip)
1970: RYAN'S DAUGHTER     (View Film Clip)
1969: BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID     (View Film Clip)
1968: ROMEO AND JULIET     (View Film Clip)
1967: BONNIE AND CLYDE     (View Film Trailer)
1966: (B&W) WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? / (COLOR) A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS     (View Film Trailer)
1965: (B&W) SHIP OF FOOLS / (COLOR) DOCTOR ZHIVAGO     (View Film Clip)
1964: (B&W) ZORBA THE GREEK / (COLOR) MY FAIR LADY     (View Film Trailer)
1963: (B&W) HUD / (COLOR) CLEOPATRA     (View Film Clip)
1962: (B&W) THE LONGEST DAY / (COLOR) LAWRENCE OF ARABIA     (View Film Clips Montage)
1961: (B&W) THE HUSTLER / (COLOR) WEST SIDE STORY     (View Film Clip)
1960: (B&W) SONS AND LOVERS / (COLOR) SPARTACUS     (View Film Clip)
1959: (B&W) THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK / (COLOR) BEN-HUR     (View Film Clip)
1958: (B&W) THE DEFIANT ONES / (COLOR) GIGI     (View Film Trailer)
1957: THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI     (View Film Clip)
1956: (B&W) SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME / (COLOR) AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS     (View Film Trailer)
1955: (B&W) THE ROSE TATTOO / (COLOR) TO CATCH A THIEF     (View Film Trailer)
1954: (B&W) ON THE WATERFRONT / (COLOR) THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN     (View Film Trailer)
1953: (B&W) FROM HERE TO ETERNITY / (COLOR) SHANE     (View Film Clip)
1952: (B&W) THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL / (COLOR) THE QUIET MAN     (View Film Trailer)
1951: (B&W) A PLACE IN THE SUN / (COLOR) AN AMERICAN IN PARIS     (View Film Clip)
1950: (B&W) THE THIRD MAN / (COLOR) KING SOLOMON'S MINES     (View Film Trailer)
1949: (B&W) BATTLEGROUND / (COLOR) SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON     (View Film Trailer)
1948: (B&W) THE NAKED CITY / (COLOR) JOAN OF ARC     (View Film Trailer)
1947: (B&W) GREAT EXPECTATIONS / (COLOR) BLACK NARCISSUS     (View Film Trailer)
1946: (B&W) ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM / (COLOR) THE YEARLING     (View Film Trailer)
1945: (B&W) THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY / (COLOR) LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN     (View Film Trailer)
1944: (B&W) LAURA / (COLOR) WILSON     (View Film Trailer)
1943: (B&W) THE SONG OF BERNADETTE / (COLOR) PHANTOM OF THE OPERA     (View Film Trailer)
1942: (B&W) MRS. MINIVER / (COLOR) THE BLACK SWAN     (Watch Full Movie)
1941: (B&W) HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY / (COLOR) BLOOD AND SAND     (View Film Clip)
1940: (B&W) REBECCA / (COLOR) THE THIEF OF BAGHDAD     (View Film Clip)
1939: (B&W) WUTHERING HEIGHTS / (COLOR) GONE WITH THE WIND     (View Film Clip)
1938: THE GREAT WALTZ     (View Film Trailer)
1937: THE GOOD EARTH     (View Film Trailer)
1936: ANTHONY ADVERSE     (View Film Trailer)
1935: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM     (View Film Clip)
1934: CLEOPATRA     (View Film Trailer)
1932 / 33: A FAREWELL TO ARMS     (View Film Trailer)
1931 / 32: SHANGHAI EXPRESS     (View Film Trailer)
1930 / 31: TABU     (Watch Full Movie)
1929 / 30: WITH BYRD AT THE SOUTH POLE     (Watch Full Movie)
1928 / 29: WHITE SHADOWS IN THE SOUTH SEAS     (Watch Full Movie)
1927 / 28: SUNRISE     (View 5 Frames Analysis)