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Roger Deakins said his win was all about "doing the job you love and enjoying your life"
It's been a long time coming but finally on his 14th nomination, legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins has won his first Academy Award.In a career spanning more than 40 years, he's worked on notable films such as The Shawshank Redemption, Fargo and Skyfall.His victory came for Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049, a return to Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi world.Accepting his Oscar, Deakins said: "I really love my job."He graciously continued: "One of the reasons I really love it is because of the people I work with in front of and behind the camera."
He saw off competition from Dunkirk's Hoyte van Hoytema, Darkest Hour's Bruno Delbonnel, and Mudbound's Rachel Morrison, the first woman cinematographer to be nominated.
Deakins' first nomination was in 1994 for The Shawshank Redemption.
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He's probably best-known though for his work with the Coen brothers, having shot 11 of their films, including No Country for Old Men and O Brother, Where Art Though"It's rare for the cinematography prize to go to a film not nominated for best picture."Deakins himself modestly maintained he wasn't that bothered by the lack of recognition,
telling the Los Angeles Times: "I'm just proud to still be doing the job, really, and happy doing it."
Outside the post-Oscars ceremony star-studded Vanity Fair party, BBC correspondent Rebecca Jones caught up with the cinematographer.Asking him how he felt about his long-awaited victory, Deakins said: "This night is about the celebration of movies. It's not about winning or losing."
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He added he hadn't really thought about his lack of previous Oscar success: "I was just too busy working. Time passes and one day you wake up and think, 'Oh, it's been 23 years'."And his win this time was just a mark of the fact he "was just here doing it, doing the job you love and enjoying your life".Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya - who lost out to Gary Oldman in the best actor category - was beside Deakins. He said of Deakins' win, he was happy for "good people, who just do the work, to be recognised, to be put on a platform and be told, 'well done' for the work that you've done". "For me, it fills me with joy to see that happen for Roger."It's human to want to be recognised."And there was effusive reaction to Deakins' success on Twitter. Prominent celebrity and fashion magazine Vanity Fair said Deakins' win was the night's "most deserving".
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Oscar night’s most deserving nominee, Roger Deakins, finally wins an Academy Award— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) March 5, 2018
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IndieWire, the entertainment news site, was overjoyed:
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HE DID IT! Roger Deakins has won the Oscar for Best Cinematography. Full winners list: #Oscars90 #BladeRunner2049— IndieWire (@IndieWire) March 5, 2018
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The British Film Institute was equally ecstatic:
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After 13 previous nominations, the incredible Roger Deakins receives his first ever Oscar for his astonishing work on #BladeRunner2049. Huge congratulations! #Oscars— BFI (@BFI) March 5, 2018
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Jake Hopkins, the Emmy-Winning Entertainment Anchor for Fox 32 News and Good Day Chicago, said it was the night's win he cared about most.
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??????IT HAPPENED! ??????— Jake Hamilton (@JakesTakes) March 5, 2018
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Film enthusiast members of the public added their congratulations, such a Jo Blo.
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There is very little doubt that the day has finally arrived for the supreme master of film cinematography to finally take home the #Oscars90 for not only #BladeRunner2049 but his entire life's work. Hail Roger Deakins!— (@joblocom) March 4, 2018
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Josh Jackson, editor of Paste entertainment magazine, listed just some of Deakins' achievements:
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Just a few films Roger Deakins shot that make you wonder why he hadn't already won an Oscar:

The Shawshank Redemption
The Big Lebowski
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
No Country for Old Men
The Assassination of Jesse James...
True Grit
Hail, Caesar!— Josh Jackson (@joshjackson) March 5, 2018
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Deakins won't be sitting on his laurels now he's at last bagged a gold statuette.True to his word about loving his job, he's currently working again, this time on The Goldfinch, an adaptation of American novelist Donna Tartt's best-seller of the same name.The film stars Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver) and Luke Wilson and is directed by John Crowley, known most recently for the 2016 Oscar-nominated Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan.The film is due out at the end of next year.
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