Roger Deakins on receiving his 16th Oscar nomination for ‘Empire of Light’: ‘I’m glad to represent the film’

Roger Deakins has earned his 16th Best Cinematography Oscar nomination for “Empire of Light.” “I’m happy to be there representing the film and all the people who put so much effort into it,” Deakins said when speaking with Variety.

The legendary two-time Oscar winner and cinematographer earned the film’s only Oscar nomination, which marked the fifth time he has worked with director Sam Mendes. “It’s for everyone,” he says of the recognition. “The look of the film is created by the production designer, the costumes, the costumes, and the actors. It is very difficult to separate all the amazing elements.”

“Empire of Light” is a simple story that follows Hilary played by Olivia Colman as the director of the Empire Cinema, a place that has lost its former glory. The theater above her is in decay with pigeons feeding. Downstairs, locals turn up to see the latest movie releases like “Stir Crazy” and “Chariots of Fire.”

Coleman’s Hilary leads a lonely life and touches on mental health issues. “Everything about the movies in the movie is that it’s a way to connect with more than just her little world, and I don’t mean that in a derogatory way. I mean Hilary is a character who lives in this seaside town without much of a horizon,” Deakins says of the film’s setting in early 1980s Britain, amidst Margaret Thatcher’s prime minister and rising tensions. racial.

Deakins continues: “I think the movie is about camaraderie. She has this world with her co-workers in the movies, but that kind of friendship and the little things, seeing the movies that just bring something more to her life.”

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