Robert Elswit won an Academy Award® for his work on Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood and was honored in 2006 with an Academy Award® nomination for his work on George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck. For that film, he won an Independent Spirit Award, Boston Society of Film Critics Award, and Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography. He also received a nomination for Best Achievement in Cinematography from the American Society of Cinematographers.
Elswit has worked with numerous acclaimed directors, including Stephen Gaghan on Syriana; Paul Thomas Anderson on Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood, and Inherent Vice; David Mamet on Heist; Don Roos on Bounce; Curtis Hanson on River Wild, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and Bad Influence; Stephen Gyllenhaal on A Dangerous Woman, Waterland, Paris Trout and A Killing In a Small Town; Ben Affleck on The Town; Tony Gilroy on The Bourne Legacy; Dan Gilroy on Nightcrawler; Brad Bird on Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol; and Christopher McQuarrie on Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
His other film credits include Paul Weitz’s American Dreamz; Gary Fleder’s Runaway Jury and Imposter; Roger Spottiswoode’s Tomorrow Never Dies; Boys; The Pallbearer; Mike Newell’s Amazing Grace and Chuck; Desert Hearts; and Rob Reiner’s The Sure Thing.
Elswit was born in California and is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.