MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography

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The MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography in a Video is a craft award given to the cinematographer/director of photography of the music video. The biggest winner is Harris Savides with three wins. Pascal Lebègue, Daniel Pearl, and Mark Plummer follow closely behind with two wins each.

The most nominated editor is Daniel Pearl with nine nominations. Followed by Martin Coppen with six nominations.

The performer whose videos have won the most awards is Madonna, whose cinematographers have collected three Moonmen for their work. Likewise, Madonna's videos have received the most nominations with ten.

Ryan Lewis is also the only performer to have won a Moonman in this category for his work as a director of photography on the video for "Can't Hold Us" in 2013. Jared Leto ("Hurricane") is the only other performer to have been nominated for his work in this category.


Year[I] Winner(s) Work Performer Nominees Ref.
1984 Daniel Pearl "Every Breath You Take" The Police
1985 Pascal Lebègue "The Boys of Summer" Don Henley
1986 Stapleton, OliverOliver Stapleton "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." a-ha
1987 Mark Plummer "C'est La Vie" Robbie Nevil
1988 Pope, BillBill Pope "We'll Be Together" Sting
1989 Mark Plummer "Express Yourself" Madonna
1990 Pascal Lebègue "Vogue" Madonna
1991 Rolf Kestermann "Wicked Game (Concept)" Chris Isaak
1992 Mike Southon & Daniel Pearl "November Rain" Guns N' Roses
1993 Savides, HarrisHarris Savides "Rain" Madonna
1994 Savides, HarrisHarris Savides "Everybody Hurts" R.E.M.
1995 Waller, GarryGarry Waller & Mike Trim "Love Is Strong" The Rolling Stones
1996 Quinn, DeclanDeclan Quinn "Tonight, Tonight" The Smashing Pumpkins
1997 Stephen Keith-Roach "Virtual Insanity" Jamiroquai
1998 Savides, HarrisHarris Savides "Criminal" Fiona Apple
1999 Martin Coppen "The Dope Show" Marilyn Manson
2000 Cronenweth, JeffJeff Cronenweth "Do Something" Macy Gray
2001 Acord, LanceLance Acord "Weapon of Choice" Fatboy Slim
2002 Rushing, BradBrad Rushing "We Are All Made of Stars" Moby
2003 Escoffier, Jean-YvesJean-Yves Escoffier "Hurt" Johnny Cash
2004 Joaquín Baca-Asay "99 Problems" Jay-Z
2005 Bayer, SamuelSamuel Bayer "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" Green Day
2006 Robbie Ryan "You're Beautiful" James Blunt
2007 No award given
2008 Wyatt Troll "Conquest" The White Stripes
2009 Jonathan Sela "21 Guns" Green Day
2010 John Perez "Empire State of Mind" Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
2011 Tom Townend "Rolling in the Deep" Adele
2012 André Chemetoff "Bad Girls" M.I.A.
2013 Lewis, RyanRyan Lewis, Jason Koenig & Mego Lin "Can't Hold Us" Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (featuring Ray Dalton)
2014 Darren Lew & Jackson Hunt "Pretty Hurts" Beyoncé
2015 Larkin Sieple "Never Catch Me" Flying Lotus (featuring Kendrick Lamar) [1]