Robert Richardson (cinematographer)

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Robert Richardson
Robert Richardson 2019 by Glenn Francis.jpg
Robert Richardson in 2019
Born
Robert Bridge Richardson

(1955-08-27) August 27, 1955 (age 65)
Hyannis, Massachusetts, United States
NationalityAmerican
EducationAFI Conservatory
OccupationCinematographer
Years active1982—present
TitleASC
Spouse(s)Monona Wali
Katrin Haberstock
Stephanie Martin
ChildrenKanchan Wali-Richardson
Maya Wali Richardson
Bibi Haberstock Richardson
Madeleine Martin Richardson
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Cinematography
JFK, 1991
The Aviator, 2004
Hugo, 2011

Robert Bridge Richardson, ASC (born August 27, 1955) is an American cinematographer.[1] He has won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography three times, for his work on JFK, The Aviator,[2] and Hugo. Richardson is and has been a frequent collaborator for several directors, including Oliver Stone, John Sayles, Errol Morris, Quentin Tarantino, and Martin Scorsese. He is one of three living persons who has won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography three times, the others being Vittorio Storaro and Emmanuel Lubezki.

Life and career[edit]

Richardson was born in Hyannis, Massachusetts. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Film/Animation/Video and received his MFA from AFI Conservatory. Richardson's work began as a camera operator and 2nd unit photographer on such features as Alex Cox's Repo Man, Dorian Walker's Making the Grade and Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street (all in 1984). At the same time he also served as cinematographer on TV documentaries and docudramas such as America, America for The Disney Channel, God's Peace for the BBC and PBS' The Front Line: El Salvador. His television work and documentary style filmmaking led to his meeting Oliver Stone, who hired him to "shoot" Salvador (1986).

Oliver Stone's major motion picture debut was also Richardson's first film as director of photography. Salvador was also filmed the same year as Stone's Platoon. Platoon would earn Richardson his first Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography. In 1987, Richardson reteamed with Stone on Wall Street. In 1988, he filmed Eight Men Out for John Sayles. In 1989, he earned his second Best Cinematography Oscar nomination for Stone's Born on the Fourth of July.

In 1991, Richardson won the first of his Best Cinematography Academy Awards for his work on Stone's JFK; he also shot Stone's The Doors that same year. He worked with Sayles again in 1991 for City of Hope. In 1992, he worked as director of photography on Rob Reiner's A Few Good Men and served as a 2nd unit photographer for Haskell Wexler on To the Moon, Alice, a "Showtime 30-Minute Movie" (for which he was also credited as visual consultant). He began a long working relationship with Martin Scorsese in 1995, with Casino. Also in 1995, he was cinematographer on Stone's Nixon. In 1997, Richardson photographed Errol Morris's documentary Fast, Cheap and Out of Control as well as filming the majority of Stone's U Turn and serving as director of photography for Barry Levinson's Wag the Dog.

Richardson worked on the 2013 zombie film World War Z, but asked for his name to be taken off the final product. The credited cinematographer is Ben Seresin.[3]

Richardson has four children, Kanchan, Maya, Bibi and Madeleine. His family currently runs the Cape Cod Sea Camps situated on the Cape Cod Bay.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Director Notes
1981 Reborn Bigas Luna
1982 An Outpost of Progress Dorian Walker
1984 The Front Line Jeff B. Harmon
Christopher Wenner
Documentary
1986 Salvador Oliver Stone 1st of 11 collaborations with Stone
Platoon
1987 Wall Street
Dudes Penelope Spheeris
1988 Eight Men Out John Sayles
Talk Radio Oliver Stone
1989 Born on the Fourth of July
1991 The Doors
JFK
City of Hope John Sayles
1992 A Few Good Men Rob Reiner
1993 Heaven & Earth Oliver Stone
1994 Natural Born Killers
1995 Nixon
Casino Martin Scorsese 1st of 7 collaborations with Scorsese
1997 U Turn Oliver Stone
Fast, Cheap and Out of Control Errol Morris
Wag the Dog Barry Levinson Cameo role: Man in TV Studio (uncredited)
1998 The Horse Whisperer Robert Redford
1999 Snow Falling on Cedars Scott Hicks
Bringing Out the Dead Martin Scorsese
Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. Errol Morris Documentary
2002 The Four Feathers Shekhar Kapur
2003 Kill Bill: Volume 1 Quentin Tarantino 1st of 6 collaborations with Tarantino
2004 Kill Bill: Volume 2
The Aviator Martin Scorsese
2006 The Good Shepherd Robert De Niro
2008 Shine a Light Martin Scorsese Concert film
Standard Operating Procedure Errol Morris Documentary
2009 Inglourious Basterds Quentin Tarantino
2010 Shutter Island Martin Scorsese
Eat Pray Love Ryan Murphy
2011 George Harrison: Living in the Material World Martin Scorsese Documentary
Hugo
2012 Django Unchained Quentin Tarantino
2013 World War Z Marc Forster Uncredited[4][5]
2015 The Hateful Eight Quentin Tarantino
2016 Live by Night Ben Affleck
2017 Breathe Andy Serkis 1st collaboration with Serkis
2018 Adrift Baltasar Kormákur
A Private War Matthew Heineman
2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Quentin Tarantino
2021 Venom: Let There Be Carnage Andy Serkis Post-production

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards[edit]

Year Film Award Notes
1986 Platoon Best Cinematography Nominated
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Nominated
1991 JFK Won
1999 Snow Falling on Cedars Nominated
2004 The Aviator Won
2009 Inglourious Basterds Nominated
2011 Hugo Won
2012 Django Unchained Nominated
2015 The Hateful Eight Nominated
2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Nominated

BAFTA Awards[edit]

Year Film Award Notes
1986 Platoon Best Cinematography Nominated
2004 The Aviator Nominated
2009 Inglourious Basterds Nominated
2011 Hugo Nominated

American Society of Cinematographers[edit]

Year Film Award Notes
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Nominated
1991 JFK Nominated
1992 A Few Good Men Nominated
1993 Heaven & Earth Nominated
1998 The Horse Whisperer Nominated
1999 Snow Falling on Cedars Nominated
2004 The Aviator Nominated
2006 The Good Shepherd Nominated
2009 Inglourious Basterds Nominated
2011 Hugo Nominated
2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Nominated

Satellite Awards[edit]

Year Film Award Notes
1999 Snow Falling on Cedars Best Cinematography Nominated
2004 The Aviator Nominated
2009 Inglourious Basterds Nominated
2010 Shutter Island Nominated
2011 Hugo Nominated

Other Awards[edit]

Year Film Award Notes
1986 Salvador Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Platoon Won
1988 Talk Radio Nominated
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
1991 JFK Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Won
1998 The Horse Whisperer Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
1999 Snow Falling on Cedars Won
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography Won
Bringing Out the Dead Won
2003 Kill Bill: Volume 1 Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Gold Derby Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated
Village Voice Film Poll for Best Cinematography Nominated
2004 The Aviator Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Won
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Gold Derby Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated
2009 Inglourious Basterds Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Won
Australian Cinematographers Society for Best Cinematography Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated
Gold Derby Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated
2010 Shutter Island Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Awards Circuit Community Awards for Best Achievement in Cinematography Nominated
Awards Circuit Community Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated
International Online Cinema Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated
Utah Film Critics Association Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated
Online Film & Television Association for Best Cinematography Nominated
2011 Hugo Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
2012 Django Unchained San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Gold Derby Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated
CinEuphoria Awards for Best Cinematography - International Competition Nominated
Italian Online Movie Awards for Best Best Cinematography (Miglior fotografia) Nominated
2015 The Hateful Eight Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Austin Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated
Gold Derby Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated
2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Boston Online Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography Won
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Cinematography Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography Nominated
Hollywood Critics Association Awards for Best Cinematography[6] Nominated
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated
St. Louis Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated
Online Association of Female Film Critics for Best Cinematography Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated
Phoenix Critics Circle for Best Cinematography Nominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle for Best Cinematography Nominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists for Best Cinematography Nominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography Pending
Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated
Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated
Gold Derby Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Robert Richardson". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 23, 2014.
  2. ^ Pavlus, John (January 2005). "High Life". American Cinematographer.
  3. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (February 3, 2016). "Watch: Robert Richardson Explains Why He Took His Name Off 'World War Z' And More In 58-Minute Cinematographer Talk". IndieWire. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
  4. ^ "Brad Pitt's Zombie Nightmare: Inside the Troubled 'World War Z' Production". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ "Someone Important Fought To Keep Their Name Off Of World War Z, Here's Why". CINEMABLEND. February 4, 2016.
  6. ^ https://www.awardscircuit.com/2019/11/25/laofcs-2019-nominations/

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