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Legendary Cinematographer Roger Deakins Knighted by Prince Charles

The Oscar-winning cinematographer who filmed Skyfall, 1917 and Blade Runner 2049, Roger Deakins, is officially knighted by Prince Charles.

Roger Deakins, the multiple Academy Award-winning cinematographer who has filmed countless Hollywood classics throughout several decades, has now been knighted by Prince Charles for services to film. The 72-year-old director of photography was born in the English county of Devon, and is widely recognized as one of the greatest cinematographers of all time. Deakins has been nominated for an Academy Award an astounding 15 times in the category of Best Cinematography, winning the award for the first time in 2018 for his work on Blade Runner 2049.

Deakins has also shot an assortment of cinematic triumphs such as 1984, Shawshank Redemption, No Country for Old Men, Fargo and many others. He began his career in the 1970s, and the famed cinematographer has not slowed down in the decades since. Next up, he is shooting the high profile film Empire of Light, which is being directed by Sam Mendes, who has also collaborated with Deakins many times in the past on James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre, and on Jarhead. Most notably, the two worked together on 1917, for which Deakins won his second Oscar. That film is famously known for its visually impressive, masterfully choreographed moving camera shots and long extended takes.

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According to THR, this week Deakins became the first cinematographer in history to be knighted in England during a ceremony where Prince Charles honored the industry veteran for his services to film. In a statement, Deakins said that the knighthood was “an incredible honor that must be shared with my crew and collaborators.” The cinematopher went on to say his collaborators are “the reason I have been able to do what I’ve done. It’s a wonderful recognition that we all share.” He was accompanied by his wife and frequent collaborator, James Ellis Deakins, who is a digital workflow specialist. The two are currently preparing for their upcoming work in England on Empire of Light.


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Prince Charles also asked Deakins during the special ceremony if the No Country For Old Men cinematographer he was still excited about the work that he does, to which he replied, “Yes, still enthusiastic, of course.” With this honor of knighthood, he is now known as Sir Roger Deakins. In the past, Deakins has also won five BAFTA Awards and two Independent Spirit Awards for Best Cinematography, as well as lifetime achievement awards from the American Society of Cinematographers and the British Society of Cinematographers. Outside of live-action films, Deakins has also served as cinematography consult on animated films like Rango, and as a visual consultant on others including WALL-E and the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy.


Deakins has influenced an incalculable amount of directors, cinematographers, as well as artists of all kinds throughout his legendary career. Mendes previously said of Deakins that he is “as close as you can get to a genius in cinematography.” Meanwhile, Dune director Denis Villeneuve has praised the cinematographer for “the strength of his storytelling, as well as being a master with light.” With the recent distinction of being knighted, Sir Roger Deakins has earned yet another form of recognition that will enable him to continue influencing artists for years, and possibly decades to come, with his iconic filmography.


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Source: THR

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