BSC Award for Best Cinematography in a Theatrical Feature Film
LocationUnited Kingdom
Presented byBritish Society of Cinematographers
Currently held byRobbie Ryan for Poor Things (2023)

The British Society of Cinematographers Award for Best Cinematography in a Theatrical Feature Film is an award given annually by the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC). It was first given in 1953, since 1976 a set of nominees is presented.[1]

British cinematographer Roger Deakins holds the record of most wins in the category with seven, followed by Douglas Slocombe with five, Oswald Morris and Freddie Francis with four, and Freddie Young and Geoffrey Unsworth with three.

Winners and nominees


Year Film Cinematographer(s)
1953 Moulin Rouge Oswald Morris
1954 Romeo and Juliet Robert Krasker
1956 War and Peace Jack Cardiff
Bhowani Junction Freddie Young
Invitation to the Dance
Moby Dick Oswald Morris
A Town Like Alice Geoffrey Unsworth
1958 The Bridge on the River Kwai Jack Hildyard
1959 Sapphire Harry Waxman


Year Film Cinematographer(s)
1960 Sons and Lovers Freddie Francis
1961 El Cid Robert Krasker
1962 Lawrence of Arabia Freddie Young
1963 From Russia With Love Ted Moore
The Servant Douglas Slocombe
1964 Becket Geoffrey Unsworth
1965 2nd Unit Photography Skeets Kelly
1966 Doctor Zhivago Freddie Young
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold Oswald Morris
1967 The Taming of the Shrew
1968 The Lion in Winter Douglas Slocombe
1969 Oh! What a Lovely War Gerry Turpin


Year Film Cinematographer(s)
1970 Ryan's Daughter Freddie Young
1971 Fiddler on the Roof Oswald Morris
1972 Cabaret Geoffrey Unsworth
1973 Jesus Christ Superstar Douglas Slocombe
1974 The Great Gatsby
1975 Barry Lyndon John Alcott
1976 The Omen Gil Taylor
Aces High Gerry Fisher
Marathon Man Conrad Hall
Picnic at Hanging Rock Russell Boyd
1977 A Bridge Too Far Geoffrey Unsworth
Star Wars Gil Taylor
Valentino Peter Suschitzky
1978 Julia Douglas Slocombe
The Duellists Frank Tidy
The Great Train Robbery Geoffrey Unsworth
1979 Eagle's Wing Billy Williams
Alien Derek Vanlint
Apocalypse Now Vittorio Storaro
Days of Heaven Néstor Almendros


Year Film Cinematographer(s)
1980 The Elephant Man Freddie Francis
The Black Stallion Caleb Deschanel
Flash Gordon Gil Taylor
1981 The French Lieutenant's Woman Freddie Francis
Atlantic City Richard Ciupka
Chariots of Fire David Watkin
Excalibur Alex Thomson
Tess Geoffrey Unsworth and Ghislain Cloquet
1982 Gandhi Billy Williams and Ronnie Taylor
Blade Runner Jordan Cronenweth
On Golden Pond Billy Williams
Victor/Victoria Dick Bush
1983 Fanny and Alexander Sven Nykvist
Eureka Alex Thomson
1984 The Killing Fields Chris Menges
The Bostonians Walter Lassally
The Bounty Arthur Ibbetson
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes John Alcott
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Douglas Slocombe
1985 Legend Alex Thomson
Amadeus Miroslav Ondříček
A Passage to India Ernest Day
Witness John Seale
1986 Out of Africa David Watkin
The Color Purple Allen Daviau
The Mission Chris Menges
A Room with a View Tony Pierce-Roberts
1987 Hope and Glory Philippe Rousselot
Jean de Florette Bruno Nuytten
1988 The Last Emperor Vittorio Storaro
A Handful of Dust Peter Hannan
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Sven Nykvist
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Dean Cundey
1989 Mississippi Burning Peter Biziou
Dangerous Liaisons Philippe Rousselot
Dead Poets Society John Seale
Shirley Valentine Alan Hume


Year Film Cinematographer(s)
1990 Glory Freddie Francis
Dick Tracy Vittorio Storaro
Goodfellas Michael Ballhaus
Memphis Belle David Watkin
1991 Cyrano de Bergerac Pierre Lhomme
Dances with Wolves Dean Semler
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Adam Greenberg
Thelma & Louise Adrian Biddle
1992 Howards End Tony Pierce-Roberts
Chaplin Sven Nykvist
The Last of the Mohicans Dante Spinotti
1492: Conquest of Paradise Adrian Biddle
1993 Schindler's List Janusz Kamiński
The Piano Stuart Dryburgh
Shadowlands Roger Pratt
1994 Interview with the Vampire Philippe Rousselot
Four Weddings and a Funeral Michael Coulter
The Hudsucker Proxy Roger Deakins
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Roger Pratt
The Road to Wellville Peter Biziou
1995 The Madness of King George Andrew Dunn
Apollo 13 Dean Cundey
Richard III Peter Biziou
Sense and Sensibility Michael Coulter
Seven Darius Khondji
1996 Hamlet Alex Thomson
The English Patient John Seale
Evita Darius Khondji
Michael Collins Chris Menges
1997 L.A. Confidential Dante Spinotti
Firelight Nic Morris
The Horse Whisperer Robert Richardson
Titanic Russell Carpenter
The Wings of the Dove Eduardo Serra
1998 Elizabeth Remi Adefarasin
Saving Private Ryan Janusz Kamiński
Shakespeare in Love Richard Greatrex
The Truman Show Peter Biziou
The Thin Red Line John Toll
1999 American Beauty Conrad L. Hall
The End of the Affair Roger Pratt
Gladiator John Mathieson
Sleepy Hollow Emmanuel Lubezki
Snow Falling on Cedars Robert Richardson


Year Film Cinematographer(s)
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Roger Deakins
Chocolat Roger Pratt
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Peter Pau
Enemy at the Gates Robert Fraisse
Traffic Steven Soderbergh
2001 The Man Who Wasn't There Roger Deakins
Amélie Bruno Delbonnel
Gosford Park Andrew Dunn
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Andrew Lesnie
Moulin Rouge! Donald McAlpine
2002 Road to Perdition Conrad L. Hall
Chicago Dion Beebe
Dirty Pretty Things Chris Menges
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Andrew Lesnie
The Pianist Paweł Edelman
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Russell Boyd
Cold Mountain John Seale
Girl with a Pearl Earring Eduardo Serra
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Andrew Lesnie
The Phantom of the Opera John Mathieson
Batman Begins Wally Pfister
The Constant Gardener César Charlone
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Roger Pratt
Mrs Henderson Presents Andrew Dunn
Casino Royale Phil Méheux
Children of Men Emmanuel Lubezki
Memoirs of a Geisha Dion Beebe
Pan's Labyrinth Guillermo Navarro
The Prestige Wally Pfister
Volver José Luis Alcaine
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Roger Deakins
Atonement Seamus McGarvey
Babel Rodrigo Prieto
Eastern Promises Peter Suschitzky
Elizabeth: The Golden Age Remi Adefarasin
The Illusionist Dick Pope
No Country for Old Men Roger Deakins
Changeling Tom Stern
The Dark Knight Wally Pfister
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Janusz Kamiński
There Will Be Blood Robert Elswit
The Hurt Locker Barry Ackroyd
An Education John de Borman
Avatar Mauro Fiore
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Claudio Miranda
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Bruno Delbonnel
The Reader Roger Deakins and Chris Menges
Slumdog Millionaire Anthony Dod Mantle
The White Ribbon Christian Berger


Year Film Cinematographer(s)
True Grit Roger Deakins
Black Swan Matthew Libatique
Inception Wally Pfister
The Artist Guillaume Schiffman
Hugo Robert Richardson
Midnight in Paris Darius Khondji
The Tree of Life Emmanuel Lubezki
Anna Karenina Seamus McGarvey
Great Expectation John Mathieson
Les Misérables Danny Cohen
Skyfall Roger Deakins
Nebraska Phedon Papamichael
12 Years a Slave Sean Bobbitt
Captain Phillips Barry Ackroyd
Gravity Emmanuel Lubezki
Mr. Turner Dick Pope
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Emmanuel Lubezki
Ex Machina Rob Hardy
The Grand Budapest Hotel Robert Yeoman
Ida Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski
2015 Carol Edward Lachman
Bridge of Spies Janusz Kamiński
Mad Max: Fury Road John Seale
The Revenant Emmanuel Lubezki
Sicario Roger Deakins
Nocturnal Animals Seamus McGarvey
Arrival Bradford Young
La La Land Linus Sandgren
Lion Greig Fraser
Moonlight James Laxton
Blade Runner 2049 Roger Deakins
Darkest Hour Bruno Delbonnel
The Shape of Water Dan Laustsen
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Ben Davis
2018 Roma Alfonso Cuarón
Bad Times at the El Royale Seamus McGarvey
Cold War Łukasz Żal
The Favourite Robbie Ryan
First Man Linus Sandgren
1917 Roger Deakins
The Irishman Rodrigo Prieto
Joker Lawrence Sher
The Lighthouse Jarin Blaschke
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Robert Richardson


Year Film Cinematographer(s)
Mank Erik Messerschmidt
Judas and the Black Messiah Sean Bobbitt
The Mauritanian Alwin H. Küchler
News of the World Dariusz Wolski
Nomadland Joshua James Richards
The Power of the Dog Ari Wegner
Cyrano Seamus McGarvey
Dune Greig Fraser
The Tragedy of Macbeth Bruno Delbonnel
West Side Story Janusz Kamiński
All Quiet on the Western Front James Friend
The Banshees of Inisherin Ben Davis
The Batman Greig Fraser
Elvis Mandy Walker
Tár Florian Hoffmeister
Poor Things Robbie Ryan
Killers of the Flower Moon Rodrigo Prieto
Maestro Matthew Libatique
Oppenheimer Hoyte van Hoytema
Saltburn Linus Sandgren

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