Forget DiCaprio – is this the Oscars’ unluckiest loser?

Cinematographer Roger Deakins clearly broke a few mirrors in his younger years.

Roger Deakins ahead of the Oscars.
Not so jolly Roger Deakins lost out on an Oscar for the 13th year. Image Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Nominated on five occasions prior to winning the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in The Revenant, you may think Leonardo DiCaprio represented the biggest loser in the history of the Academy Awards – but you’d be wrong.

That honour, instead, arguably goes to a British nominee who has been up for an Oscar on 13 separate occasions and yet, somehow, has so far failed to take home one of the golden statues.

Torquay-based cinematographer Roger Deakins could and probably should have won a glut of Oscars by now.

His filmography boasts credits on 12 Coen Brothers films, including the upcoming Hail, Caesar! as well as acclaimed movies such as The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, Skyfall and The Reader.

Having first been nominated for the Best Cinematography Award for The Shawshank Redemption in 1994, Deakins has gone away from the ceremony empty handed on every occasion ever since.

This year was no different, with Deakins up for for his work on Sicario. The 66-year-old lost out to DiCaprio’s cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who worked on The Revenant.

Emmanuel Lubezki and Rachel McAdams pose after his Oscar win.
Three in a row Emmanuel Lubezki has won Best Cinematography Oscars in each of the last three years. Image Jason Merritt/Getty Images

It’s the third successive year in which Lubezki has claimed the golden statue, with the Mexican cinematographer making Oscars history in doing so.

Not that Deakins particularly cares, having expressed his apathy for the Oscars during an interview with The Washington Post in the run-up to the ceremony.

“How you can judge films that are so diverse and say one is better than another? I’ve never thought that made sense to me,” he explained.

Despite this, a return of 13 nominations and no awards puts him way ahead of Peter O’Toole, who received eight Oscar nominations as an actor without claiming the Academy Award.

Glenn Close, meanwhile, leads the way in the Best Actress category, having been up for the Oscar on six different occasions without winning.

Both, however, pale in comparison to Deakins. He’s next working on the Blade Runner sequel, so start placing your bets on that losing out in the 2018 Academy Awards.

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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.

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