Roger Deakins

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Roger Deakins
CBE
Roger Deakins Feb-2011 02 (cropped).jpg
Deakins at the 83rd Academy Awards in February 2011.
Born Roger Alexander Deakins
(1949-05-24) 24 May 1949 (age 69)
Torquay, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Other names Roger A. Deakins, Matt Campbell
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s)
Isabella James Purefoy Ellis[1] (m. 1991)
Awards

Academy Award for Best Cinematography
2018 Blade Runner 2049

BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
2008 No Country for Old Men
2011 True Grit
2017 Blade Runner 2049

Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
1997 Fargo
2009 A Serious Man

Roger Alexander Deakins CBE, ASC, BSC (born May 24, 1949) is an English cinematographer best known for his work on the films of the Coen brothers, Sam Mendes, and Denis Villeneuve. Deakins is a member of both the American and British Society of Cinematographers. He received the 2011 American Society of Cinematographers (A.S.C.) Lifetime Achievement Award.[2] Its president, Richard Crudo, called Deakins "the pre-eminent cinematographer of our time."[3]

In recognition of outstanding contribution to the British film industry, Deakins is an honorary fellow of the National Film School in Buckinghamshire of which he is an alumnus. In 2013 he received a CBE at Buckingham Palace for "services to film." A recipient of four BAFTA Awards for Best Cinematography, Deakins has received fourteen nominations and one win for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. His most well-known works include The Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, A Beautiful Mind, Skyfall, Sicario, and Blade Runner 2049, the latter of which won him his first Academy Award.

Early life[edit]

Deakins was born in Torquay in the English county of Devon, the son of Josephine (née Messum), an actress, and William Albert Deakins, a builder.[1] He attended Torquay Boys' Grammar School. While growing up in Torquay, Deakins spent most of his time in and out of school focusing on his primary interest: painting. Several years later he enrolled in the Bath School of Art and Design (in the city of Bath) where he studied graphic design. While studying in Bath, he discovered his love of photography. He proved to be a very talented photographer, and this led to his being hired to create a photographic documentary of his home town, Torquay. About a year later, Deakins transferred to the National Film and Television School in Buckinghamshire.[4]

Career[edit]

Documentaries[edit]

Shortly after graduating, Deakins found work as a cameraman, assisting in the production of documentaries in various locations abroad for approximately seven years. During this seven-year stint, his first project involved a nine-month trip as one of the entrants of a 'round-the-world yacht race called Around the World with Ridgway. This project captured the lives and growing tensions between several of the yacht's crewmen. After completing Around the World with Ridgway, Deakins was hired by television studios to film several documentaries in Africa. His first, Zimbabwe, was a depiction of the genocide that had been going on there, following Zimbabwe's civil war. His second, Eritrea – Behind Enemy Lines, was another depiction of conflict, this time within the borders of Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

From the time of his work in Africa until the early 1980s, Deakins continued his cinematographic and directorial work in documentaries as well as the burgeoning field of music videos. His early work as both a director and cinematographer of music videos including a lot of the early Madness videos. Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes" and the concert film Van Morrison in Ireland. Subsequently, he worked on Towers of Babel, Sid and Nancy, The Kitchen Toto, and Pascali's Island.

Feature films[edit]

Deakins' first feature film in America as cinematographer was Mountains of the Moon (1990). He began his collaboration with the Coen brothers in 1991 on the film Barton Fink (the director Barry Sonnenfeld worked as cinematographer on the Coen brothers' previous three films Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, and Miller's Crossing). Since then, Deakins has been the Coens' main cinematic collaborator and has been their principal cinematographer.

Deakins received his first major award from the American Society of Cinematographers for his outstanding achievement in cinematography for the internationally praised major motion picture The Shawshank Redemption. The ASC continued to honour Deakins with outstanding achievement nominations for his later works, including Fargo, Kundun, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and The Man Who Wasn't There, for which he won his second ASC Award. The U.S. National Board of Review of Motion Pictures honored him with an award for Career Achievement in Cinematography in 2007.[5]

In 2008, Deakins became the first cinematographer in history to receive dual ASC nominations for his works The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and No Country for Old Men. The latter won the BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography and he received Academy Award nominations for both films. In 2009, he was double-nominated for the ASC Award again for Revolutionary Road and The Reader (with Chris Menges).[6] In 2011, he was nominated again for his work on True Grit and also received an ASC Lifetime Achievement Award.

Deakins signed on as cinematographer for Skyfall, having previously worked with director Sam Mendes on Jarhead and Revolutionary Road.[7] For his work, he received his third ASC Award for outstanding achievement in cinematography from his ninth ASC Award nomination. Deakins also worked as one of the visual consultants for the Pixar's animated feature WALL-E, DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon, and Nickelodeon Movies' Rango. In 2018, he received his fourth ASC award, his fourth BAFTA award, and his first Academy Award for Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve. That year, he filmed an adaptation of The Goldfinch, based on the novel of the same name, directed by John Crowley.[8]

Deakins was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to film.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Deakins married script supervisor Isabella James Purefoy Ellis, professionally known as James Ellis, on 11 December 1991.[10] He lives in his home county Devon in the south west of England.[11] Deakins' primary hobby is taking still photographs. Before he entered the National Film School in Buckinghamshire he spent a year in North Devon, documenting the way of life on the farms and in the villages. This cemented his passion for still photography that continues to this day. On the rare days that he is not in his boat while in Devon, Deakins enjoys travelling to various places to augment his growing series of images.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Director Notes
1983 Another Time, Another Place Michael Radford 1st of 3 collaborations with Radford
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four Michael Radford
Return to Waterloo Ray Davies
1985 Defence of the Realm David Drury
Shadey Philip Saville
1986 Sid and Nancy Alex Cox
1987 Personal Services Terry Jones
White Mischief Michael Radford
1988 Pascali's Island James Dearden
Stormy Monday Mike Figgis
The Kitchen Toto Harry Hook
1990 Air America Roger Spottiswoode
Mountains of the Moon Bob Rafelson
The Long Walk Home Richard Pearce
1991 Barton Fink Ethan & Joel Coen 1st of 12 collaborations with the Coens
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Homicide David Mamet Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
1992 Passion Fish John Sayles
Thunderheart Michael Apted
1993 The Secret Garden Agnieszka Holland
1994 The Hudsucker Proxy Ethan & Joel Coen
The Shawshank Redemption Frank Darabont Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
1995 Dead Man Walking Tim Robbins
1996 Courage Under Fire Edward Zwick 1st of 2 collaborations with Zwick
Fargo Ethan & Joel Coen Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
1997 Kundun Martin Scorsese Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
1998 The Big Lebowski Ethan & Joel Coen
The Siege Edward Zwick
1999 Anywhere but Here Wayne Wang
The Hurricane Norman Jewison 1st of 2 collaborations with Jewison
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Ethan & Joel Coen Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
2001 A Beautiful Mind Ron Howard
Dinner with Friends Norman Jewison
The Man Who Wasn't There Ethan & Joel Coen American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
2003 House of Sand and Fog Vadim Perelman
Intolerable Cruelty Ethan & Joel Coen
Levity Ed Solomon
2004 The Ladykillers Ethan & Joel Coen
The Village M. Night Shyamalan
2005 Jarhead Sam Mendes 1st of 3 collaborations with Mendes
2007 In the Valley of Elah Paul Haggis
No Country for Old Men Ethan & Joel Coen BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Andrew Dominik Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated – Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2008 Doubt John Patrick Shanley
Revolutionary Road Sam Mendes Nominated – American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated – Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
The Reader Stephen Daldry Co-cinematographer with Chris Menges
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
2009 A Serious Man Ethan & Joel Coen San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2010 The Company Men John Wells
True Grit Ethan & Joel Coen BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
2011 In Time Andrew Niccol
2012 Skyfall Sam Mendes American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
2013 Prisoners Denis Villeneuve 1st of 3 collaborations with Villeneuve
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2014 Unbroken Angelina Jolie Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
2015 Sicario Denis Villeneuve San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
2016 Hail, Caesar! Ethan & Joel Coen Nominated – St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
2017 Blade Runner 2049 Denis Villeneuve Academy Award for Best Cinematography
American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
2019 The Goldfinch Films that have not yet been released John Crowley Post-production

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Roger Deakins Will Receive The 2011 American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Lifetime Achievement Award". wearemoviegeeks.com. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Cinematographer Roger Deakins Takes Visceral Approach To His Craft". Variety. 4 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "CBE For NFTS Alumnus". National Film and Television School. 4 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "2007 Award Winners". National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. 2016. Retrieved October 28, 2016. 
  6. ^ American Society of Cinematographers (7 January 2009). "ASC Names Feature Film Nominees". Archived from the original on 29 January 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "Roger Deakins confirms James Bond 23 involvement". MI6-HQ.com. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Sharf, Zack. "Roger Deakins is Following 'Blade Runner 2049' With 'The Goldfinch' - IndieWire". www.indiewire.com. 
  9. ^ "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 7. 
  10. ^ "Roger Deakins". IMDb. 
  11. ^ a b "Roger Deakins: Devon's movie maestr". Devon Life. 4 October 2017. 

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