Roger Deakins finally won an Oscar for best cinematography after 14 nominations — here’s a look through his epic work

Roger Deakins

  • Roger Deakins, one of the greatest cinematographers of all time, finally won an Oscar after being nominated 13 times. 
  • He won for his work on “Blade Runner 2049,” which had some of his best work to date.
  • Deakins’ win came as a surprise, because “Dunkirk” was expected to win in the cinematography category.
  • These are all of the movies he was nominated for in the past, along with one of the best shots he took.

Roger Deakins is responsible for some of the most iconic shots in film. 

On Sunday night, he finally  and unexpectedly — beat his long losing streak and won an Oscar for his groundbreaking work on “Blade Runner 2049.”

He’d been nominated 13 times since 1995. “Dunkirk” was expected to win in the cinematography category, so Deakins’ win was all the more satisfying to his devoted fans.

Deakins did the cinematography for “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Fargo,” “No Country for Old Men,” and “Skyfall,” a line-up that would make anyone assume he’s won an Oscar (or a dozen). Deakins is considered such an incredible cinematographer because, despite working with a multitude of directors, his style remains recognizable without sacrificing the style his director is trying to create. 

In honor of his win, we put together a list of the Oscar nominations he lost and who he lost to, paired with one of the best shots from the film:

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“The Shawshank Redemption” — 67th Academy Awards in 1995

Lost to: John Toll, “Legends of the Fall”

“Fargo” — 69th Academy Awards in 1997

Lost to: John Seale, “The English Patient”

“Kundun” — 70th Academy Awards in 1998

Lost to: Russell Carpenter, “Titanic”

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