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Torquay cinematographer finally wins Oscar

Roger Deakins poses for the press with his coveted award. Credit: PA

Torquay cinematographer Roger Deakins has finally won his first Oscar after a record 14 nominations.

The 68-year-old - who was born in Torquay and attended Bath School of Art and Design before going to the National Film and Television School - has finally been recognised at the 90th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

The veteran Director of Photography was greeted with a standing ovation as he won the award for best cinematography for his work on the sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049.

  • Watch the moment Roger Deakins learns he has won the Oscar and announces he is going to share it with his wife James Ellis.


Deakins said he was partly wishing he was not announced as the winner so he could avoid going on stage.

Speaking after winning best cinematography for Blader Runner 2049, he was asked how he felt when his name was read out.

"A big part of me was saying, 'Please no.' I find it very, very hard," Deakins said. "But it's great. I think it's great because I've worked with a lot of the same people on my crew for years and years and I feel it's recognition for their work"

Roger Deakins giving his acceptance speech at the Oscars. Credit: PA
  • See Roger Deakins' Academy Award winning work in the Blade Runner 2049 trailer, courtesy Warner Bros