/u/StopReadinMyUsername on reddit combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results with general film data from iCheckMovies and IMDb to reveal the 1001 Greatest Movies of All Time.
In its first film season, 1927–28, this award (like others such as the acting awards) was not tied to a specific film; all of the work by the nominated cinematographers during the qualifying period was listed after their names. The problem with this system became obvious the first year, since Karl Struss and Charles Rosher were nominated for their work together on Sunrise but three other films shot individually by either Rosher or Struss were also listed as part of the nomination. The second year, 1929, there were no nominations at all, although the Academy has a list of unofficial titles which were under consideration by the Board of Judges. In the third year, 1930, films, not cinematographers, were nominated, and the final award did not show the cinematographer's name.
Finally, for the 1931 awards, the modern system in which individuals are nominated for a single film each was adopted in all profession-related categories. From 1939 to 1967 with the exception of 1957, there were also separate awards for color and for black-and-white cinematography. Since then, the only black-and-white film to win is Schindler's List (1993).
Floyd Crosby won the award for Tabu in 1931, which was the last silent film to win in this category. Hal Mohr won the only write-in Academy Award ever, in 1935 for A Midsummer Night's Dream. Mohr was also the first person to win for both black-and-white and color cinematography.
No winners are lost, although some of the earliest nominees (and of the unofficial nominees of 1928–29) are lost, including The Devil Dancer (1927), The Magic Flame (1927), and Four Devils (1928). The Right to Love (1930) is incomplete, and Sadie Thompson (1927) is incomplete and partially reconstructed with stills.
The first nominees shot primarily on digital video were The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Slumdog Millionaire in 2009, with Slumdog Millionaire the first winner. The following year Avatar was the first nominee and winner to be shot entirely on digital video.
In 2018, Rachel Morrison became the first woman to receive a nomination. Prior to that it had been the last Academy Award category to never nominate a woman.
List of Nominees and Winners
ED BEGLEY "Sweet Bird of Youth" - WINNER
VICTOR BUONO "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"
TELLY SAVALAS "Birdman of Alcatraz"
OMAR SHARIF "Lawrence of Arabia"
TERENCE STAMP "Billy Budd"
PATTY DUKE "The Miracle Worker" - WINNER
MARY BADHAM "To Kill a Mockingbird"
SHIRLEY KNIGHT "Sweet Bird of Youth"
ANGELA LANSBURY "The Manchurian Candidate"
THELMA RITTER "Birdman of Alcatraz"
"LAWRENCE OF ARABIA" Sam Spiegel, Producer - WINNER
"THE LONGEST DAY" Darryl F. Zanuck, Producer
"MEREDITH WILLSON'S THE MUSIC MAN" Morton Da Costa, Producer
"MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY" Aaron Rosenberg, Producer
"TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD" Alan J. Pakula, Producer
"LAWRENCE OF ARABIA" David Lean - WINNER
"DAVID AND LISA" Frank Perry
"DIVORCE--ITALIAN STYLE" Pietro Germi
"THE MIRACLE WORKER" Arthur Penn
"TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD" Robert Mulligan
"LAWRENCE OF ARABIA" Anne Coates - WINNER
"THE LONGEST DAY" Samuel E. Beetley
"THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE" Ferris Webster
"MEREDITH WILLSON'S THE MUSIC MAN" William Ziegler
"MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY" John McSweeney, Jr.
"SUNDAYS AND CYBELE" France - WINNER
"THE FOUR DAYS OF NAPLES" Italy
"KEEPER OF PROMISES (THE GIVEN WORD)" Brazil
GREGORY PECK "To Kill a Mockingbird" - WINNER
BURT LANCASTER "Birdman of Alcatraz"
JACK LEMMON "Days of Wine and Roses"
MARCELLO MASTROIANNI "Divorce--Italian Style"
PETER O'TOOLE "Lawrence of Arabia"
ANNE BANCROFT "The Miracle Worker" - WINNER
BETTE DAVIS "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"
KATHARINE HEPBURN "Long Day's Journey into Night"
GERALDINE PAGE "Sweet Bird of Youth"
LEE REMICK "Days of Wine and Roses"
"THE HOLE" John Hubley and Faith Hubley, Producers - WINNER
"ICARUS MONTGOLFIER WRIGHT" Jules Engel, Producer
"NOW HEAR THIS" Warner Bros.
"SELF DEFENSE--FOR COWARDS" William L. Snyder, Producer
"SYMPOSIUM ON POPULAR SONGS" Walt Disney, Producer
Days Of Wine And Roses in "Days of Wine and Roses" Music by Henry Mancini; Lyrics by Johnny Mercer - WINNER
Love Song From Mutiny On The Bounty (Follow Me) in "Mutiny on the Bounty" Music by Bronislau Kaper; Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Song From Two For The Seesaw (Second Chance) in "Two for the Seesaw" Music by Andre Previn; Lyrics by Dory Langdon
Tender Is The Night in "Tender Is the Night" Music by Sammy Fain; Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Walk On The Wild Side in "Walk on the Wild Side" Music by Elmer Bernstein; Lyrics by Mack David
"THE LONGEST DAY" Jean Bourgoin, Walter Wottitz, (Henri Persin) - WINNER
"BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ" Burnett Guffey
"TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD" Russell Harlan
"TWO FOR THE SEESAW" Ted McCord
"WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?" Ernest Haller
"LAWRENCE OF ARABIA" Fred A. Young - WINNER
"GYPSY" Harry Stradling, Sr.
"HATARI!" Russell Harlan
"MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY" Robert L. Surtees
"THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM" Paul C. Vogel
"THE LONGEST DAY" Visual Effects by Robert MacDonald; Audible Effects by Jacques Maumont - WINNER
"MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY" Visual Effects by A. Arnold Gillespie; Audible Effects by Milo Lory
"TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD" Art Direction: Alexander Golitzen, Henry Bumstead; Set Decoration: Oliver Emert - WINNER
"DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES" Art Direction: Joseph Wright; Set Decoration: George James Hopkins
"THE LONGEST DAY" Art Direction: Ted Haworth, Leon Barsacq, Vincent Korda; Set Decoration: Gabriel Bechir
"PERIOD OF ADJUSTMENT" Art Direction: George W. Davis, Edward Carfagno; Set Decoration: Henry Grace, Dick Pefferle
"THE PIGEON THAT TOOK ROME" Art Direction: Hal Pereira, Roland Anderson; Set Decoration: Sam Comer, Frank R. McKelvy
"LAWRENCE OF ARABIA" Art Direction: John Box, John Stoll; Set Decoration: Dario Simoni - WINNER
"MEREDITH WILLSON'S THE MUSIC MAN" Art Direction: Paul Groesse; Set Decoration: George James Hopkins
"MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY" Art Direction: George W. Davis, J. McMillan Johnson; Set Decoration: Henry Grace, Hugh Hunt
"THAT TOUCH OF MINK" Art Direction: Alexander Golitzen, Robert Clatworthy; Set Decoration: George Milo
"THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM" Art Direction: George W. Davis, Edward Carfagno; Set Decoration: Henry Grace, Dick Pefferle
"DYLAN THOMAS" Jack Howells, Producer - WINNER
"THE JOHN GLENN STORY" William L. Hendricks, Producer
"THE ROAD TO THE WALL" Robert Saudek, Producer
"BLACK FOX" Louis Clyde Stoumen, Producer - WINNER
"ALVORADA (BRAZIL'S CHANGING FACE)" Hugo Niebeling, Producer
"WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?" Norma Koch - WINNER
"DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES" Don Feld
"THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE" Edith Head
"THE MIRACLE WORKER" Ruth Morley
"PHAEDRA" Denny Vachlioti
"THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM" Mary Wills - WINNER
"BON VOYAGE!" Bill Thomas
"MEREDITH WILLSON'S THE MUSIC MAN" Dorothy Jeakins
"MY GEISHA" Edith Head
Steve Broidy - WINNER
"HEUREUX ANNIVERSAIRE (HAPPY ANNIVERSARY)" Heureux Anniversaire (Happy Anniversary) - WINNER
"BIG CITY BLUES" Martina Huguenot van der Linden and Charles Huguenot van der Linden, Producers
"THE CADILLAC" Robert Clouse, Producer
"THE CLIFF DWELLERS (FORMERLY TITLED "ONE PLUS ONE")" Hayward Anderson, Producer
"PAN" Herman van der Horst, Producer
"TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD" Horton Foote - WINNER
"DAVID AND LISA" Eleanor Perry
"LAWRENCE OF ARABIA" Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson
"LOLITA" Vladimir Nabokov
"THE MIRACLE WORKER" William Gibson
"DIVORCE--ITALIAN STYLE" Ennio de Concini, Alfredo Giannetti, Pietro Germi - WINNER
"FREUD" Story by Charles Kaufman; Screenplay by Charles Kaufman, Wolfgang Reinhardt
"LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD" Alain Robbe-Grillet
"THAT TOUCH OF MINK" Stanley Shapiro, Nate Monaster
"THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY" Ingmar Bergman
"LAWRENCE OF ARABIA" Shepperton Studio Sound Department, John Cox, Sound Director - WINNER
"BON VOYAGE!" Walt Disney Studio Sound Department, Robert O. Cook, Sound Director
"MEREDITH WILLSON'S THE MUSIC MAN" Warner Bros. Studio Sound Department, George R. Groves, Sound Director
"THAT TOUCH OF MINK" Universal City Studio Sound Department, Waldon O. Watson, Sound Director
"WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?" Glen Glenn Sound Department, Joseph Kelly, Sound Director
"LAWRENCE OF ARABIA" Maurice Jarre - WINNER
"FREUD" Jerry Goldsmith
"MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY" Bronislau Kaper
"TARAS BULBA" Franz Waxman
"TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD" Elmer Bernstein
"MEREDITH WILLSON'S THE MUSIC MAN" Ray Heindorf - WINNER
"BILLY ROSE'S JUMBO" George Stoll
"GIGOT" Michel Magne
"GYPSY" Frank Perkins
"THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM" Leigh Harline
This list is drawn from the second edition of "The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made", published in 2004. It contains a selection of 1000 reviews that have been printed in The New York Times in a time period of over seven decades. The majority of movies in this book are among the "10 Best Films" chosen by New York Times critics at the end of each year.