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Empire of Light Cinematographer Roger Deakins nominated for an Oscar

This marks Roger Deakins' 16th Oscar nomination for best cinematography.

Roger's breathtaking work on Empire of Light has been recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and this year's 95th Awards Ceremony will take place on the 12th March at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood. The film is his fifth time working with director and writer, Sam Mendes. 

Empire of Light is a moving drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times. Set in and around a faded old cinema in an English coastal town in the early 1980s, it follows Hilary (Olivia Colman) a cinema manager struggling with her mental health, and Stephen (Micheal Ward), a new employee who longs to escape this provincial town in which he faces daily adversity. Both Hilary and Stephen find a sense of belonging through their unlikely and tender relationship and come to experience the healing power of music, cinema, and community.

Empire of Light is out in cinemas now across the UK.