Roger Deakins, Cinematographer: Here Are His 15 academy award Nominated Movies

Let's take a few minutes to appreciate a living legend

by Dan O’Brien  / Published May 29, 2020

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In September of 1994, a film based on a short story by Steven King was released to theaters after receiving high praise from critics during it’s initial run at the Toronto International Film Festival. It had an odd title that confused the movie market place, and was going up against historically massive movie events such as “Forrest Gump” and “Pulp Fiction.” After just a $16 million theater run, it was labeled a box office failure.

The name of the film was The Shawshank Redemption. Written and directed by Frank Darabont, it would end up with seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. 

This would be the first of fifteen Academy Award Oscar nominations for Director of Photography Roger Deakins.

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If you’re not familiar with the films of Roger Deakins, take a look at his body of work during the past 25 years. When he is listed as the cinematographer, you can be sure the film will be a major player during the film industry’s awards season.

With his latest accomplishment,1917”, earning Roger his fifteenth Academy Award nomination and his second win (see Roger take home his first win on this Youtube clip here ), Roger Deakins once again proves he is one the most revered cinematographers in the world.

Below you’ll find all fifteen of his Oscar nominated films.  From the cold, winter landscapes of the Coen Brother’s “Fargo” to the dystopian darkness of “Blade Runner 2049”, the ground-breaking vision of Roger Deakins can be seen in every one of his films. 

Mr. Deakins now has his own podcast, called “Team Deakins“.  Below are some highlights from his entertaining and informative shows.

Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to this World War I epic.

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKayand Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.

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