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TIFF 2019: Cinematographer Roger Deakins honoured at Toronto Film Festival

Award-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins was presented with the Variety Artisan Award on 9 September at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The award recognises distinguished filmmakers who have excelled at their craft and made an outstanding contribution to cinema. 

British cinematographer Deakins won an Academy Award for Blade Runner 2049, and has been nominated for 13 additional Oscars, four BAFTA Awards, and a host of other honours over a forty year career. He is known for his work with the Coen brothers on films including O Brother, Where Art Thou, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, and No Country For Old Men, as well as for noteworthy films such as Doubt, Skyfall, and Sicario. Deakins has been sought out over the years by esteemed directors from Martin Scorsese to Denis Villeneuve and most recently with Sam Mendes (Spectre, American Beauty) on WWI epic 1917

Steven Gaydos, VP of content at the award’s sponsor, Variety Magazine, commented on the nomination: “For nearly half a century, the name Roger Deakins has exemplified both breathtaking cinematic beauty and fearless cinematic risk-taking.

F’rom his early career work on music docs and small Britishfeatures through his decades of stellar work for the world’s greatest filmmakers, Deakins has carved out a unique place in the history of cinematography.”

TIFF co-head Joana Vicente added, “Roger Deakins’ pure mastery of the camera lens has made a significant and influential impact on the industry and resulted in timeless works of art that captivate audiences. We’re thrilled to honour him with the Variety Artisan Award…as he continues to showcase his flair for breathtaking visuals, coupled with technical expertise.”

Roger Deakins’ latest film, The Goldfinch, will have its premiere at this year’s TIFF.