It’s been a long time coming, but, finally, on her 14th nomination, the legendary director of photography Roger Deakins won his first oscar.
In a career spanning more than 40 years, has worked in notable films such as The shawshank redemption, Fargo and Skyfall.
His victory came for Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, a return to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi world.
In accepting his Oscar, Deakins said: “I really love my job.”
He gently continued: “One of the reasons I like it is because the people I work with in front of and behind the camera.”
He saw the competition from Dunkerque is Hoyte van Hoytema, the darkest Hour is Bruno Delbonnel, and Mudbound Rachel Morrison, the first woman director to be appointed.
Deakins’ first nomination was in 1994 for The Wings of freedom.
He is probably best known for his work with the Coen brothers, having shot 11 of their films, including No Country for Old Men and O Brother, Where Art?
He has also formed a partnership with Sam Mendes, and Villeneuve, with whom he made three films.
Before this year’s ceremony, there was media speculation because Deakins was awarded with a statuette.
Variety said it was “part of the problem is that many of Deakins’ nominations came for films that were not widely adopted by the Academy”.
“It is rare for the cinematography award to go to a film not nominated for best film.”
Deakins himself modestly maintained, he was not disturbed by the lack of recognition, telling the Los Angeles Times: “I am proud to be still do the job, really, and happy to do it.”
Outside the post-Oscar ceremony at the starry Vanity Fair party, BBC correspondent Rebecca Jones reached with the director of photography.
Ask him how he felt about his long-awaited victory, Deakins said: “This night is the celebration of the movie. It’s not about winning or losing.”
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He added that he had not thought his lack of previous Oscar success: “I was too busy working. Time passes and one day you wake up and think, ‘Oh, it’s been 23 years.”
And his victory, this time, it was just a sign of the fact that he was here to do, to do the job that you love, and enjoy life”.
Exit star Daniel Kaluuya – who has lost Gary Oldman in the best actor category – was next to Deakins. He said of Deakins’ win, was happy for the “good people, who just do the work, to be recognized, to be put on a platform and be told, ‘well done’ for the work that you have done.
“For me, it fills me with joy to see that happen to Roger.
“It’s a human thing to want to be recognized”.
And there was effusive reaction to Deakins’ success on Twitter.
The highlight of the celebrity and fashion magazine Vanity Fair has said Deakins was the victory of the night, “more deserving”.
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IndieWire, entertainment, news site, was delighted:
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The British Film Institute was equally ecstatic:
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Jake Hopkins, the Emmy-winning Entertainment anchor for Fox 32 News Good Day Chicago, he said that it was the night of the win as he held of more.
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Movie passionate the audience added their congratulations, to Jo Blo.
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Josh Jackson, editor of Paste entertainment magazine, listed only some of Deakins results:
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Deakins will not be sitting on their laurels now he has finally made a statue of gold.
True to his word, the love for his work, is currently working again, this time on a Goldfinch, an adaptation of the American writer Donna Tartt’s best-seller of the same name.
The film is starring Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver), and Luke Wilson and is directed by John Crowley, known most recently for 2016 Oscar Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan.
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