Oscars: 'La La Land' Cinematographer Linus Sandgren Wins First Academy Award

Linus Sandgren won his first Academy Award on Sunday, for his magical images of Hollywood in Damien Chazelle's La La Land.

He topped a field of nominees that included Bradford Young for Arrival, Greig Fraser for Lion, James Laxton for Moonlight and Rodrigo Prieto for Silence.

Shot on film, Los Angeles-set La La Land included magic-hour photographed scenes in Griffith Park and on the Hermosa Beach Pier.

"Sometimes driving home on Santa Monica Boulevard — that sunset, it's remarkable," he said backstage of his subject. "I'm most proud of the 'Audition' scene. It's so simple but was quite complicated. It's so intimate."

He added of the award, "It's amazing. I feel very honored."

A native of Sweden, Sandgren's other credits include Joy and American Hustle, and his upcoming projects include Lasse Hallstrom's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' Battle of the Sexes.

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