Roger Deakins wins best cinematography Oscar for Blade Runner 2049

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Roger A. Deakins has long been considered one of the best cinematographers in the world, but while he’s being nominated for 13 Oscars, he had yet to win. That changed Sunday night when Deakins won for Achievement in Cinematography for his work on Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049.

Deakins’ work was up against a number of truly visually arresting films, including the luxuriant photography in The Shape of Water, Hoyte van Hoytema’s visceral IMAX work in Dunkirk, and the atmospheric work of Darkest Hour. Also nominated in the category was Rachel Morrison, for the bleak visuals of Netflix’s film Mudbound. Morrison is the trailblazing cinematographer who was the first woman to be nominated in the category in all of Oscar history.

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