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Hoyte Van Hoytema NSC FSF ASC wins Best Cinematography BAFTA for Oppenheimer

Feb 19, 2024

Dutch DP Hoyte Van Hoytema NSC FSF ASC won the 2024 BAFTA Best Cinematography Award for his work on Oppenheimer, directed by Christopher Nolan. Shot using IMAX cameras, on Kodak colour and B&W large format filmstocks, the feature represents Van Hoytema’s fourth collaboration with Nolan, following Interstellar (2014), Dunkirk (2017) and Tenet (2020), all of which were also shot on film.

Oppenheimer won a total of seven BAFTA Awards, including best film, best director, best leading and supporting actors, at this year’s ceremony.

Accepting his award Van Hoytema thanked BAFTA members for “this incredible honour,” before going on to remark that, “celluloid is alive-and-kicking. With four out of the five features nominated for best cinematography this year also being shot on film, it proves that film is resilient and wanted by audiences more than ever.”

This year’s other Best Cinematography nominees who shot on film were Rodrigo Prieto AMC ASC for Killers Of The Flower Moon, Matthew Libatique ACS LPS Maestro and Robbie Ryan ISC BSC for Poor Things. Łukasz Żal PSC captured The Zone Of Interest digitally.

Van Hoytema also paid tribute to his camera and lighting crew on Oppenheimer, along with Panavision, IMAX, Kodak and FotoKem, before thanking Nolan and his wife Emma Thomas, a producer on Oppenheimer, for taking him on great adventures in filmmaking, as well as his family, “for keeping me grounded.”

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