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Oscar glory beckons for West-based film makers

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 23, 2013

  • Cameraman Roger Deakins, who made Skyfall (left) is hoping for glory at the Oscars

  • Plymouth film editor James Taylor edited the short film, Head Over Heels, which is nominated for an Oscar. He's flying out to LA

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A veteran cameraman and a rookie film editor will fly the flag for the Westcountry at Tinseltown's annual Oscars ceremony tomorrow.

Torquay's Roger Deakins will find out if it will be 10th time lucky for him at the Academy Awards after a nomination for best cinematography on the James Bond film Skyfall.

Mr Deakins, an old boy of Torquay Boys' Grammar School who has a home in Kingswear, was also nominated for a BAFTA award for Skyfall.

He has previously been Oscar-nominated for The Shawshank Redemption,Fargo, Kundun, O Brother Where Art Thou, The Man Who Wasn't There, No Country For Old Men, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Reader and True Grit.

Joining him on Hollywood Boulevard's famous red carpet on for the first time will be novice James Taylor, from Plymouth.

James, 32, edited the micro-budget project Head Over Heels, which is nominated in the Best Short Film category.

The teacher's son is "poor as a church mouse", according to his mother, who lives in the city's North Hill.

He needed a fundraising farewell party to pay his airfare to Los Angeles and plans to mingle with the biggest names in movies wearing a borrowed suit – albeit one tailored at Savile Row.

"I'm so excited to be going to Hollywood to mix with people who have made the films I have been watching all my life," he said. "I'll be going to pre-ceremony parties to network in LA and hopefully get an agent – these are precious moments while you are 'hot'."

Head Over Heels tells the quirky story of a couple who have grown apart – Walter lives on the floor, Madge on the ceiling.

James, who only completed an MA in film editing last March, earning a distinction, is already working on his first feature film. London Syndrome, a horror movie, is directed by BAFTA-nominated director Afarin Eghbal and due for release later his year.

He said the nomination was "totally unexpected".

British-born star Daniel Day Lewis is among the favourites for Best Actor for his portrayal of US Civil War president Abraham Lincoln.

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