Spanish cinematographer Néstor Almendros – who won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Terrence Mallick’s 1978 romantic drama Days of Heaven, starring Richard Gere and Brooke Adams – was one of the industry’s highest praised contemporary cinematographers. "Almendros was an artist of deep integrity, who believed the most beautiful light was natural light...he will always be remembered as a cinematographer of absolute truth...a true master of light,” declared director Rustin Thompson. Almendros would go on to earn three more Oscar nominations, for his cinematography on Kramer vs. Kramer, The Blue Lagoon and Sophie’s Choice.
Best Cinematography, Days of Heaven, 51st Academy Awards, Won
Best Cinematography, Kramer vs. Kramer, 52nd Academy Awards, Nominated
Best Cinematography, The Blue Lagoon, 53rd Academy Awards, Nominated
Best Cinematography, Sophie’s Choice, 55th Academy Awards, Nominated