Legendary and beloved cinematographer Roger Deakins has won the top honor at this year’s American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards on Saturday night.
Deakins won for his work crafting the visuals of Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” and is nominated for the Oscar for his work – marking his fourteenth nomination for that award with no wins to date. His status as an ‘always the bridesmaid, never the bride’ when it comes to the Oscars has become a point of contention amidst awards watchers and cinema buffs.
His work on the likes of “Skyfall,” “Prisoners,” “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” “Sicario,” “No Country for Old Men,” “Fargo” and more has been iconic but he remains under recognised.
The win would seem to be a good indicator of his Oscar chances as the winner of the ASC top award has gone on to win the cinematography Oscar in six of the past ten years. Deakins beat out the likes of Hoyte Van Hoytema for “Dunkirk,” Dan Laustsen for “The Shape of Water,” Bruno Delbonnel for “Darkest Hour,” and Rachel Morrison for “Mudbound”.
The win marks Deakins’ fourth win of the ASC top award for a specific film – he previously won for “The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There” and “Skyfall”. He also won a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
Other winners this year include Mart Taniel winning the Spotlight award for “November,” while TV awards went to episodes of “12 Monkeys,” “Genius” and “The Crown”.