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Roger Deakins Responds to (Finally) Winning His First Oscar for ‘Blade Runner 2049’

After being nominated 14 times and finally snagging his first Oscar, the awards-averse cinematographer still doesn't seem that hung up on accolades.

Roger Deakins accepts the award for best cinematography for "Blade Runner" at the Oscars, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles90th Academy Awards - Show, Los Angeles, USA - 04 Mar 2018

Roger Deakins

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The drought is over. After (finally) breaking his own 14-nomination streak without a win Sunday night, lauded cinematographer Roger Deakins earned his first Academy Award for his work on Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049.”

Deakins has never seemed especially tethered to the notion that awards are essential to his work, telling IndieWire just last month, “Sure, it’s nice of people to see your work and appreciate [it] – I don’t know really. I just move on and I like shooting films.”

He added, “I mean, okay, it’s such a weird, weird thing when a film gets ignored or a film gets talked about. It doesn’t make any sense to me. Some of what I consider my best work and some of the best films that I’ve ever worked on, kind of disappear without a trace. There’s no accounting for it. Something connects or something doesn’t.”

Backstage after his win, Deakins remained similarly relaxed about his statuette. “I mean, a big part of me was saying, ‘Please, please no,'” he said when asked what it felt like to finally take the stage for his big win.

“It’s great,” Deakins continued. “I think it’s great because, I’ve worked with a lot of the same people, my crew, for years and years, and I feel it’s recognition for their work. I really do. And I know they’re all kind of watching in New York and London and Budapest, and I’d like to mention every one of them, because that’s just great for them, I think.”

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