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Sean Francis Bobbitt, B.S.C. (born 29 November 1958) is an American-born British cinematographer. [1]


Early life

Sean Bobbitt was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on 29 November 1958. [1]


In 2008, Bobbitt worked with artist-turned-director Steve McQueen on British film Hunger , a hard-hitting film about the Northern Irish hunger striker, Bobby Sands. With this film Bobbitt, McQueen, editor Joe Walker and actor Michael Fassbender formed a collaborative award-winning team that have gone on to make a further two films, Shame and 12 Years a Slave . Bobbitt won a BIFA in 2008 for his work on Hunger . He was again nominated in 2011 for Shame, starring Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan alongside Fassbender. In 2012, Bobbitt won the Carlo Di Palma European Cinematographer of the Year Award at the European Film Awards for his work on Shame. [2]

In 2011, Bobbitt worked on the pilot of HBO's acclaimed series Game of Thrones . The following year, Bobbitt completed filming on The Place Beyond the Pines , which stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta, a film starring Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton and Jonny Lee Miller called Byzantium , and he concluded five years of working on Michael Winterbottom drama-film Everyday . In early 2013, he completed work on Oldboy , the Spike Lee-directed American remake of the 2003 South Korean film of the same name. The end of 2013 saw the release of 12 Years a Slave , for which he received multiple cinematography award nominations, and which ultimately won the coveted Best Picture Award at the 2014 Oscars.

Over the next few years, he worked on Kill the Messenger with Jeremy Renner, Rock the Kasbah with Bill Murray, Queen of Katwe with David Oyelowo, On Chesil Beach with Saoirce Ronan, Stronger with Jake Gyllenhaal. In 2018, he collaborated with McQueen again on heist movie Widows .

In 2019, he shot Judas and the Black Messiah for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. The film was released on HBO Max in 2021, having been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



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1999 Wonderland Michael Winterbottom
2001Chunky Monkey Greg Cruttwell
Lawless Heart Tom Hunsinger
Neil Hunter
2002 Summer Things Michel Blanc
2006 Cargo Clive Gordon
The Situation Philip Haas
2007 The Baker Gareth Lewis
Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution Bille Eltringham
2008 Hunger Steve McQueen
2010 Africa United Debs Gardner-Paterson
2011 Shame Steve McQueen
Hysteria Tanya Wexler
2012 Everyday Michael Winterbottom
The Place Beyond the Pines Derek Cianfrance
Byzantium Neil Jordan
Trashed Candida BradyDocumentary
2013 12 Years a Slave Steve McQueen Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Oldboy Spike Lee
2014 Kill the Messenger Michael Cuesta
2015 Rock the Kasbah Barry Levinson
2016 Queen of Katwe Mira Nair
2017 On Chesil Beach Dominic Cooke
Stronger David Gordon Green
2018 Widows Steve McQueen
2020 The Courier Dominic Cooke
The Rhythm Section Reed Morano
2021 Judas and the Black Messiah Dagger-14-plain.png Shaka King Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Cinematography
The Harder They Fall Dagger-14-plain.png Jeymes Samuel Post-production
2022 The Marvels Dagger-14-plain.png Nia DaCosta Filming


1994 Watergate Mick Gold Mini-Series documentary
1998 Ancient Inventions Daniel Percival
Phil Grabsky
2001 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Stephen Whittaker TV movie
Sweet Revenge David Morrissey
2002 Spooks Rob Bailey Episodes: "One Last Dance" and "Traitor's Gate"
Jeffrey Archer: The Truth Guy Jenkin TV movie
2003 Second Generation Jon Sen
The Canterbury Tales Marc Munden
Julian Jarrold
Episodes "The Knight's Tale" and "The Man of Law's Tale"
2004The Long Firm Bille Eltringham Mini-Series
2008 Sense and Sensibility John Alexander
2009 Unforgiven David Evans
2016Codes of ConductSteve McQueen

Short films

2000Maisie's CatchDan Weldon
2001Dog Andrea Arnold
Ladies NightCaroline Hicks
2002Western DeepSteve McQueen
2006Normal for Norfolk Gareth Lewis
2007Weddings and BeheadingsAmir Jamal
GravesendSteve McQueen
2009The Death of PentheusPhilip Haas
StaticSteve McQueen
2016Mr. Burberry

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  1. 1 2 "Sean Bobbitt". IMDb. Retrieved 4 March 2014.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[ better source needed ]
  2. "Joe Walker and Sean Bobbitt are awarded for their work on Shame".