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Linus Sandgren with his statuette. Photo: REUTERS Lucas Jackson

Congratulations Linus Sandgren!

Cinematographer Linus Sandgren achieved something at the Academy Awards ceremony last night that has not happened in 33 years: he was the first Swede in all that time to win the prestigious Oscar for Best Cinematography for his work on the multi Academy Award nominated musical film La La Land.

Only twice before has the Best Cinematography Oscar gone to a Swede: Sven Nykvist last won in 1983 for his work on Fanny and Alexander (Fanny och Alexander), which also won Best Production Design and Best Foreign Language Film that same year, and he had previously won in 1972 for Cries and Whispers (Viskningar och rop). Linus Sandgren thanked the Academy, director Damien Chazelle, actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, the companies and the team behind the film. Sandgren also thanked his family.

“I feel delighted and very proud of the fine film workers we have in Sweden. Linus Sandgren has now done what Sven Nykvist did 33 years ago. We also know that there are many other Swedish cinematographers just waiting to be discovered internationally. Well done Linus! says Anna Serner, CEO Swedish Film Institute.

La La Land is a musical romantic comedy written and directed by Damien Chazelle. Linus Sandgren’s cinematography in the film’s opening scene has been highlighted as particularly astonishing, where couples dance on car roofs on a highway, in a single long take.

Linus Sandgren is the son of film producer Bertil Sandgren and has made his name in Hollywood with cinematography on films like American Hustle and Promised Land, although he has also shot Swedish films such as Storm and Good Luck. And Take Care of Each Other (Lycka till och ta hand om varandra).