The American Society of Cinematographers recently held its 27th annual awards ceremony, recognizing Roger Deakins' breathtaking work on Sam Mendes’ Skyfall as the winner in the Feature Film category.

Few are going to complain about Deakins winning a cinematography award. In all honesty, Deakins could be honored for his achievement in this field every time he puts a film out. He has been nominated a staggering 10 times in the category by the Academy, but he has yet to take home an Oscar. This year his work on Skyfall is up for the award, and the ASC Award victory gets should get fans excited that he could break his multi-picture streak of walking home empty handed. If there was justice in this industry (and there isn’t, but stick with me), Deakins would have won the Oscar for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Man Who Wasn’t There, O, Brother or even Kundun. But maybe Skyfall will earn him his first well-deserved Oscar.

Another reason the Deakins win is worth mentioning is that all-digital films rarely win over cinematography guilds, for they are the last of a dwindling crowd that still champions the use of actual film (as well they should). But Deakins’ work on Skyfall was enough to top fellow nominees Danny Cohen (Les Miserables), Janusz Kaminski (Lincoln), Seamus McGarvey (Anna Karenina) and Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi). That’s a brilliant field. Tune in to the Oscars on Sunday, February 24th to see if Deakins finally makes it to the podium for his outstanding lensing of the James Bond thriller.

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