The favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for many, Deakins was finally awarded after being nominated 14 times over the course of 24 years.
With 77 cinematography credits, Deakins work includes some of the industry’s greatest films, such as Nineteen Eighty-Four and Dead Man Walking with his past Academy Award nominations including:
- O Brother, Where Art Thou?
- The Man Who Wasn’t There
- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
- No Country for Old Men
- The Reader
- True Grit
Deakins began his life in the industry as a photographer, hired to produce a photo documentary of his hometown of Torquay. It wasn’t long after that he began doing documentary work, focusing on numerous projects over seas chronicling the ravages of war in countries such as Zimbabwe, Sudan and Ethiopia. From there, Deakins began to serve as cinematographer and director on numerous music videos, including the concert film Van Morrison in Ireland, Towers of Babel, Sid and Nancy, The Kitchen Toto, and Pascali’s Island.
Deakins’ career would change forever when he paired with the Coen Brothers for Barton Fink in 1991. That film would go on to establish a decades long relationship that saw Deakins work on half of the Brothers films, such as Fargo, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country For Old Men, and most recently Hail, Ceaser!.
Despite numerous unrewarded Academy Award nominations, Deakins is no stranger to accolade. He was the first cinematographer in history to be nominated for an ASC Award for two films in the same year: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and No Country for Old Men. He would also be nominated similarly for the year’s Academy Award for Best Cinematography.
Deakins has been awarded four ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001), Skyfall (2012) and his Academy Award winning work on Blade Runner 2049 (2017). He has also been the recipient of four BAFTA Awards for Best Cinematography for the films The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001), No Country For Old Men (2007), True Grit (2010) and again for Blade Runner 2049 (2017).
Roger Deakins, ASC is currently filming the film adaptation The Goldfinch, based on the book of the same name, directed by John Crowley and starring Nicole Kidman and Ansel Elgort.
We here at INDIE Shooter wish Mr. Deakins a heartfelt congratulations, and encourage everyone to explore more of his impressive work (as well as learn about cinematography from a master) at www.RogerDeakins.com