American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases

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The following is a list of those who have won the American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatrical Releases. [1] The award is given by the American Society of Cinematographers.


Winners and nominees


1986 Peggy Sue Got Married Jordan Cronenweth
The Karate Kid Part II James Crabe
The Mission Chris Menges
A Room with a View Tony Pierce-Roberts
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Donald Peterman
1987 Empire of the Sun Allen Daviau [2]
The Last Emperor Vittorio Storaro
Matewan Haskell Wexler
Someone to Watch Over Me Steven B. Poster
The Untouchables Stephen H. Burum
1988 Tequila Sunrise Conrad L. Hall
Dangerous Liaisons Philippe Rousselot
Mississippi Burning Peter Biziou
Rain Man John Seale
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Sven Nykvist
1989 Blaze Haskell Wexler
The Abyss Mikael Salomon
The Bear Philippe Rousselot
Born on the Fourth of July Robert Richardson
The War of the Roses Stephen H. Burum


1990 Dances with Wolves Dean Semler
Avalon Allen Daviau
Dick Tracy Vittorio Storaro
Ghost Adam Greenberg
The Godfather Part III Gordon Willis
1991 Bugsy Allen Daviau
Hook Dean Cundey
JFK Robert Richardson
The Prince of Tides Stephen Goldblatt
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Adam Greenberg
1992 Hoffa Stephen H. Burum
A Few Good Men Robert Richardson
Howards End Tony Pierce-Roberts
The Last of the Mohicans Dante Spinotti
A River Runs Through It Philippe Rousselot
1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer Conrad L. Hall
The Fugitive Michael Chapman
Heaven & Earth Robert Richardson
The Piano Stuart Dryburgh
Schindler's List Janusz Kamiński
1994 The Shawshank Redemption Roger Deakins [3]
Forrest Gump Don Burgess
Legends of the Fall John Toll
Love Affair Conrad L. Hall
Wyatt Earp Owen Roizman
1995 Braveheart John Toll
Apollo 13 Dean Cundey
Batman Forever Stephen Goldblatt
The Bridges of Madison County Jack N. Green
Crimson Tide Dariusz Wolski
Se7en Darius Khondji
1996 The English Patient John Seale
Evita Darius Khondji
Fargo Roger Deakins
Fly Away Home Caleb Deschanel
The Ghost and the Darkness Vilmos Zsigmond
Michael Collins Chris Menges
1997 Titanic Russell Carpenter
Amistad Janusz Kamiński
The Boxer Chris Menges
Kundun Roger Deakins
L.A. Confidential Dante Spinotti
1998 The Thin Red Line John Toll
Elizabeth Remi Adefarasin
The Horse Whisperer Robert Richardson
Saving Private Ryan Janusz Kamiński
Shakespeare in Love Richard Greatrex
1999 American Beauty Conrad L. Hall
The Insider Dante Spinotti
The Sixth Sense Tak Fujimoto
Sleepy Hollow Emmanuel Lubezki
Snow Falling on Cedars Robert Richardson


2000 The Patriot Caleb Deschanel
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Peter Pau
Gladiator John Mathieson
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Roger Deakins
The Perfect Storm John Seale
2001 The Man Who Wasn't There Roger Deakins
Amélie Bruno Delbonnel
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Andrew Lesnie
Moulin Rouge! Don McAlpine
Pearl Harbor John Schwartzman
2002 Road to Perdition Conrad L. Hall (posthumous)
Far from Heaven Edward Lachman
Frida Rodrigo Prieto
Gangs of New York Michael Ballhaus
The Pianist Pawel Edelman
2003 Seabiscuit John Schwartzman
Cold Mountain John Seale
The Last Samurai John Toll
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Andrew Lesnie
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Russell Boyd
2004 A Very Long Engagement Bruno Delbonnel
The Aviator Robert Richardson
Collateral Dion Beebe and Paul Cameron
The Passion of the Christ Caleb Deschanel
Ray Paweł Edelman
2005 Memoirs of a Geisha Dion Beebe
Batman Begins Wally Pfister
Brokeback Mountain Rodrigo Prieto
Good Night, and Good Luck Robert Elswit
King Kong Andrew Lesnie
2006 Children of Men Emmanuel Lubezki
Apocalypto Dean Semler
The Black Dahlia Vilmos Zsigmond
The Good Shepherd Robert Richardson
The Illusionist Dick Pope
2007 There Will Be Blood Robert Elswit
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Roger Deakins
Atonement Seamus McGarvey
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Janusz Kamiński
No Country for Old Men Roger Deakins
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Anthony Dod Mantle
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Claudio Miranda
The Dark Knight Wally Pfister
The Reader Roger Deakins and Chris Menges
Revolutionary Road Roger Deakins
2009 The White Ribbon Christian Berger
Avatar Mauro Fiore
The Hurt Locker Barry Ackroyd
Inglourious Basterds Robert Richardson
Nine Dion Beebe


2010 Inception Wally Pfister
Black Swan Matthew Libatique
The King's Speech Danny Cohen
The Social Network Jeff Cronenweth
True Grit Roger Deakins
2011 The Tree of Life Emmanuel Lubezki
The Artist Guillaume Schiffman
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Jeff Cronenweth
Hugo Robert Richardson
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Hoyte van Hoytema
2012 Skyfall Roger Deakins
Anna Karenina Seamus McGarvey
Les Misérables Danny Cohen
Life of Pi Claudio Miranda
Lincoln Janusz Kamiński
2013 Gravity Emmanuel Lubezki
12 Years a Slave Sean Bobbitt
Captain Phillips Barry Ackroyd
The Grandmaster Philippe Le Sourd
Inside Llewyn Davis Bruno Delbonnel
Nebraska Phedon Papamichael
Prisoners Roger Deakins
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel Robert Yeoman
The Imitation Game Óscar Faura
Mr. Turner Dick Pope
Unbroken Roger Deakins
2015 The Revenant Emmanuel Lubezki
Bridge of Spies Janusz Kamiński
Carol Edward Lachman
Mad Max: Fury Road John Seale
Sicario Roger Deakins
2016 Lion Greig Fraser
Arrival Bradford Young
La La Land Linus Sandgren
Moonlight James Laxton
Silence Rodrigo Prieto
2017 Blade Runner 2049 Roger Deakins [4]
Darkest Hour Bruno Delbonnel
Dunkirk Hoyte van Hoytema
Mudbound Rachel Morrison
The Shape of Water Dan Laustsen
2018 Cold War Łukasz Żal
The Favourite Robbie Ryan
First Man Linus Sandgren
Roma Alfonso Cuarón
A Star Is Born Matthew Libatique
1917 Roger Deakins
Ford v Ferrari Phedon Papamichael
The Irishman Rodrigo Prieto
Joker Lawrence Sher
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Robert Richardson


2020 Mank Erik Messerschmidt
Cherry Newton Thomas Sigel
News of the World Dariusz Wolski
Nomadland Joshua James Richards
The Trial of the Chicago 7 Phedon Papamichael

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