Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC will receive the Pierre Angénieux Award at the Cannes Film Festival this May.
Thales Angénieux is a Cannes Film Festival Official Partner, and honors a prominent cienmatographer each year. Prvious recipients have been Philippe Rousselot, ASC, AFC and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, HSC.
Roger Deakins was born in Torquay, Devon, England. He attended art college and the National Film School, and began working in still photography and documentaries. He spent 9 months at sea directing and filming a documentary about the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, which required him to work as a sailing crew member as well. He moved to feature films in England and then in the United States.
Rogers has worked with the Coen brothers, Martin Scorsese, M. Night Shyamalan, Sam Mendes and Denis Villeneuve. He also worked as visual consultant on animated features, including “WALL•E,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Rango,” “The Guardians”, “The Croods,” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”
He is a twelve-time Academy Award nominee for Best Cinematography for work on Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Fargo,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “No Country for Old Men” and “True Grit”; Frank Darabont’s “The Shawshank Redemption”; Martin Scorsese’s “Kundun”; Andrew Dominik’s “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”; Stephen Daldry’s “The Reader,” (shared with Chris Menges); Sam Mendes’ “Skyfall”; Denis Villeneuve’s “Prisoners” and most recently Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken”.
Deakins has been nominated thirteen times (for the twelve features listed above as well as on Sam Mendes “Revolutionary Road”) for the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Award and won three times: for “Shawshank Redemption,” “The Man who Wasn’t There” and “Skyfall.” He also received the ASC’s Lifetime Achievement award in 2011.
Nominated seven times for the BAFTA Award, Deakins has won three: for “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “No Country for Old Men” and “True Grit.” His work has also received eight nominations for the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC) Best Cinematography Award, with five wins, and two Independent Spirit Awards. In 2008, he received the National Board of Review’s Career Achievement Award. In 2013, Queen Elisabeth II made him a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). Congratulations, Sir Roger.