Legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins has finally won a sorely-deserved Oscar for his work on Blade Runner 2049. Deakins has been one of the most respected talents working in the industry for a very long time now and has helped bring some of the greatest movies of the last few decades to life. At the 2018 Oscars, he finally won after having been nominated 13 times previously. 14th time's a charm, apparently.
Roger Deakins was seen as the favorite at this year's Oscars for his stunning work on Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited to sequel to Ridley Scott's original 1982 sci-fi classic. The movie may have been a bit of a financial flop, but it was critically beloved and a true visual achievement, which was in no small part thanks to Deakins' work. Blade Runner 2049 also walked away with the Best Visual Effects Oscar last night. Here's what Deakins had to say in his acceptance speech, joking about the jet ski host Jimmy Kimmel promised to the winner who gave the shortest speech.
"I guess I'd better say something, or else they'll give me a jet ski, and I can't see myself on a jet ski somehow. I really love my job. I've been doing it a long time, as you can see, but one of the reasons I really love it is the people I work with, both behind the camera and in front of the camera. This is for every one of them."
There were some very competitive Oscar categories last night, and the Best Cinematography Oscar was certainly one of them. Though Roger Deakins was seen as the favorite, things got tight when Rachel Morrison, the first woman to ever be nominated in the category, scored a nod for her work on Netflix's Mudbound. Deakins also beat out Hoyte Van Hoytema (Dunkirk), Dan Laustsen (The Shape of Water) and Bruno Delbonnel (Darkest Hour).
Even if you're not familiar with cinematography and how it affects the final movie, there's no question Roger Deakins has enhanced some of the best movies that you've probably enjoyed from the 90s and 2000s. Deakins was previously nominated for his work on movies like The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Fargo (1996), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), No Country for Old Men (2007), True Grit (2010) and Skyfall (2012). He also earned nominations for his previous collaborations with Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve, Prisoners (2013) and Sicario (2015).
Roger Deakins' win snaps one of the longest losing strings by any living Oscar nominee. Some of the other long-running nominees who have never managed to pull off a win include composer Thomas Newman, who's lost 14 times, and sound mixer Greg P. Russell, who's pulled in 16 nominations without ever winning. Deakins' Oscar-worthy work can next be seen in The Goldfinch, which is set to arrive in theaters in 2019. You can check out Deakins' acceptance speech, courtesy of the ABC Television Network YouTube channel, as well as his backstage comments, for yourself below.